Three-quarters of UK IT workers are planning a job move in 2017
Computer Weekly - Author Clare Mcdonald
Three-quarters of IT staff in the UK are considering a job
change in 2017, according to research.
A study by Investors in People found 76% of IT staff are
planning a move in the next year, a 15% increase from last year’s figures.
The employment standards agency speculates this is a result
of confidence in the tech job market, with 23% of IT workers saying the tech
job marketplace has improved since 2016, a 6% increase since last year.
Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, said this trend was
unexpected. “We were expecting to see British workers planning to stay put in
the face of economic uncertainty. However, we’ve seen exactly the opposite – a
significant rise in people seeking to move employers in 2017 and a jump in job
confidence,” he added.
According to the research, better pay is the main reason to
move for half of IT workers, which is an increase of 11% from the same time
A lack of career progression is also a bugbear for tech
staff, with 36% saying they want to move roles to reach the next stage of their
Due to the growing IT skills gap in the UK, employers are
forced to find workers in a smaller pool causing trends such as job hopping and
freelancing in the IT community.
Many employers have said they cannot find graduates with the
correct skillsets for the job, and the UK curriculum has made computing
mandatory for children between the ages of five and 16 in an attempt to improve
A better talent pipeline is a focus for the IT industry
after the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), and IT firms will
need to attract and invest in local talent once the UK leaves the EU.
Younger talent is more focused on the value an employer
places on its staff, with 38% of 16 to 29 year olds saying feeling valued is
one of the most important values they look for in a new employer.
“With worker wages stagnating and a strong jobs
market,?there is a clear imperative to address workers’ pay and tackle poor
management,” said Devoy.
“No career progression and poor management are critical
factors for IT workers being unhappy in their jobs.
Employers need to really
invest in their people in 2017 to attract and retain the best talent.”
A lack of flexible working is one of the many reasons women
do not choose a technology career or end up dropping out of roles after
reaching a certain level.
Flexibility is a high priority for all technology workers,
and 34% would rather have increased workplace flexibility than a small pay