Staff rate job satisfaction over pay

IT professionals are moving to the public sector, driven by the promise of work which is more interesting and satisfying than...

IT professionals are moving to the public sector, driven by the promise of work which is more interesting and satisfying than that in the private sector, research has suggested.

A focus group of IT and business staff at 30 public sector organisations has concluded that financial reward is less important than the chance to work on cutting-edge projects.

Mundane and repetitive jobs are a turn-off for IT professionals, and many have sought jobs in the public sector to escape stagnant IT projects, the group said.

Although the public sector can't compete on salaries, the job satisfaction, interesting projects and job security are attractive.

"The public sector has seen a focus in IT over the past year, particularly with e-enablement deadlines looming," said Matthew Parton, IT project manager at Southampton City Council.

Peter Atkinson, public sector manager at software company Tridion, which convened the focus group, said private sector companies were asking their IT staff to carry out the same amount of work but with smaller budgets and fewer resources.

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