IT employees have a better understanding of their employers’ strategies than employees working in the other departments of their businesses, according to a study by e-learning company SkillSoft.
According to the survey of 3,000 people working in different business functions, 84% of IT employees understand their employers’ business objectives compared with an average of 69% of employees working in other parts of the business.
IT staff are also more likely to learn new skills. Some 73% of IT employees are offered on-the-job training to learn new skills compared with 60% of other staff.
People working in IT departments are the most committed to learning those skills: more than a third said they would be prepared do all their training during personal time compared with less than a quarter of employees in other departments.
Some 82% would spend at least some of their personal time in training provided that their employers would give them an equal amount of time at work.
Despite their commitment to learning, IT staff feel undervalued by their employers. More than 70% believe their jobs fail to reflect their skills and talents. Only a minority – 45% - feel valued by their employers.