IT and telecoms have the worst record for job continuity in the UK, with 16% of staff lasting less than one day in a job and 20% lasting less than one week.
A survey of employees in all industries by online recruitment agency totaljobs.com, run by Computer Weekly publisher Reed Business Information, also found that 20% of IT and telecoms staff lasted less than one month in a job.
It found that only 14% of IT staff questioned could say their shortest ever job lasted over a year, this compared to 23% in industries overall.
In addition, almost two-thirds of IT staff admitted they were in the wrong career. And 88% said they would like to swap jobs for at least a day.
The survey questioned 1,150 employees, with 150 of them in IT/telecoms.