One-fifth of redundancies are in IT

One in five people working in IT are in danger of losing their jobs as companies cut back staff to counter the downturn in the...

One in five people working in IT are in danger of losing their jobs as companies cut back staff to counter the downturn in the economy.

Research based on 1,000 interviews with British workers conducted by HR consultancy Chiumento found that 26% of those surveyed who had experienced redundancy worked in IT.

Other research shows that computing and manufacturing staff were twice as likely to have a close friend who had been made redundant than employees in retail, health and public administration.

The survey found that the risk of redundancy across all sectors was perceived by respondents to be greater for senior (20%) and mid-levels (19%) compared with junior staff (14%). Fifty-three per cent of people off worked for companies with more than 250 employees.

Chiumento HR consultant Carole Hetherington said: "Redundancy levels have increased as the downturn has forced companies to cut costs by shedding staff. Where groups of staff are made redundant, generally the senior or upper middle jobs are first to go." But it's not all bad news, 38% of people interviewed would review redundancy as a fresh start.

The survey also found that people employed in the IT industry were much more likely to be working for an employer that was cutting back staff than in other sectors. Of those surveyed, 20% who worked in IT were employed at firms making job cuts.

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