A recent survey by on-line recruitment service, mightymatch.com has revealed that top IT earners have "woefully" low levels of job loyalty and are dissatisfied with current recruitment processes.
The survey, completed by over 100 IT workers earning £60,000 a year and above, also indicated that personnel in the industry are more motivated by money and an interest in their role, than by 'traditional job perks' such as status, security or corporate benefits.
Of those interviewed, 71 per cent admitted to currently seeking a new job and 63 per cent said they had registered with nine or more recruitment agencies. While 29 per cent were "not actively looking" for a new role, less than a tenth were not signed up with any agencies at all - a fact which mightmatch.com chairman, Gary Ashworth, believes indicates an "openness" to other offers among employed IT personnel.
When asked how the recruitment process could be improved, 80 per cent of the respondents called for better matching procedures from their recruitment agencies while two thirds wanted direct access to potential employers. On average, half expressed a desire to be put forward for jobs 'beyond their immediate experience' and sought faster placement.
"This research has some important messages for UK employers who are looking for innovative ways of attracting and retaining their most valuable IT staff," adds Ashworth.
The survey was carried out by IT research firm, City Insights, over a month-long period on the mightymatch.com website.
This was first published in August 2000