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19 October 2021

Is the tech sector facing an IT skills exodus?

The UK jobs market is currently in turmoil, with labour shortages making themselves felt right across the economy due to a heady mix of pandemic and Brexit-related pressures – and the tech sector is no exception here. In fact, according to the latest Quarterly insights survey conducted by recruitment consultancy Hays Technology, three out of five of the 350 tech professionals questioned are actually planning to change jobs over the next 12 months, with 45% intending to do so within six months. A huge 62% have already had at least one interview over the past six months, too. Key reasons people cited for their seeming dissatisfaction were a lack of career prospects at their existing employer (22%), as well as the longer hours racked up when working remotely (46%) and having to work during holidays as a result of the pandemic (34%). Bev White, CEO at recruitment consultancy Harvey Nash, agrees that tech workers have become “more inclined to take calls” as a result of long hours and rising workloads, particularly if they have been ...

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