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Sixty four per cent of IT professionals would not recommend a career in IT to their children, with many arguing that the pace of technology change and the lack of recognition given to IT count against it when compared with other career paths.
This week’s Big Question poll suggests a high level of disaffection among IT professionals – a finding borne out by studies showing high levels of turnover among management-level IT staff.
Research in June by the Chartered Management Institute found that staff turnover in the IT sector had risen to 10.7% from 5% in the previous year. This was higher than in other sectors despite average IT salaries rising 6.3% to 45,000.
One senior IT worker polled for the Big Question complained that job satisfaction was a problem because IT was routinely expected to deliver but was not thanked for what it did. “My experience is that when you complete a project or task successfully, that gets ignored, but when you don’t you are hauled over the coals,” he said.
Others expressed concern that as IT was often engaged in automating manual tasks, there might come a point when the volume of available work starts to shrink, which made the profession difficult to recommend as a long-term option.
Some were more positive, however. Mike Burd, a helpdesk analyst, said he would recommend IT to his children without reservation. “There is a genuine career path in IT, offering diversity and development. You will never be ahead of the game since things change so fast, but you will always be developing your knowledge.”
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