Flexible and remote working are becoming increasingly important to IT professionals when looking for new jobs, two surveys have found.
Of 204 IT professionals surveyed by online recruiter Theitjobboard.com, 25% have turned down a job offer because the position did not offer flexible working, and 93% would like the option to work flexible hours.
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However, IT professionals were reticent about asking their existing employers about working flexible hours. Some 47% thought their request would be refused, and 10% feared that making such a request would label them a troublemaker, even though 83% thought IT roles were suited to flexible working.
The findings were echoed in a survey commissioned by Microsoft, which found that 73% of IT staff would like flexible working options, and 52% said working remotely would cut their stress levels. More than 25% of staff thought that asking for flexible working would be seen in a bad light by their employers.
The research found that only 16% of businesses had a formal flexible-working policy, and 36% cited lack of equipment as the biggest barrier to remote working.
Ray Duggins, managing director of Theitjobboard.com, said, "The number of IT professionals turning jobs down because of the flexible working issue is shocking when you think of all the effort that goes into getting to the stage of a job offer.
"If IT organisations are not listening to what their staff want and attracting candidates accordingly, IT professionals are showing that many are willing to go elsewhere."
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