The UK is at risk of an IT brain drain as opportunities for IT professionals in the UK diminish, IT technologists believe.
More than three-quarters of IT professionals predict the UK IT sector will suffer from brain drain, according to a survey of 260 technologists by the IT Job Board.
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Some 39% said that offshoring would encourage more IT staff to seek work overseas, 28% said contract rate reductions and 27% said concern over long-term career prospects would drive jobs overseas.
Some 17% of the people questioned believed that software development jobs would be most impacted by brain drain, and 10% thought that programmer roles would be most affected.
Around 80% said they would be prepared to relocate overseas and 59% also stated that they would consider relocating overseas for five years or more.
Sixty one per cent of them would consider moving to Australia, and 59% to the USA.
Commenting on the survey findings, Jamie Bowler, head of marketing at The IT Job Board, said, "The UK IT sector cannot afford to lose key individuals with specific technical knowledge and skills, both during the recession, and as we approach a possible upturn.