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Most IT staff plan to hop to the top

Bill Goodwin
Job hopping is the career strategy preferred by most IT professionals, a survey of 225 IT staff by recruitment company Hudson has revealed.

Despite growing demands from employers for IT professions with in-depth knowledge of their business, more than 50% of the IT professionals questioned said they expected to work for multiple companies, moving frequently between employers and platforms.

The research revealed that salaries were the most important factor in choosing an employer for most IT professionals. However, work/life balance is increasingly important.

Nearly 75% of respondents said quality of life was more important than their careers. And 48% of IT professionals said they would prefer a sabbatical to a bonus.

Despite their preference for job hopping, most IT professionals believe that employers are increasingly looking for staff with higher levels of business knowledge and loyalty. Of those questioned, 72% felt that longer-term contracts would give employers better results.

Paul Taylor, director at Hudson, said, "There is a tension between IT employees' preference for contract work and employers' demands for more rounded technical employees who have a better understanding of their business context. Right now there is a surplus of jobs, so candidates can pick and choose roles."

If employers want staff to remain loyal, they need to begin investing in their training and development to allow them to keep pace with rapidly changing technology, Taylor said.

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