The number of IT professionals actively considering changing their employer has doubled over the past year following a sharp rise in demand for experienced IT staff.
Nearly 50% of IT workers are considering changing jobs, up from 25% last year, following a surge in demand from employers, a survey of 6,000 permanent staff has revealed.
Pay for IT employees has soared by 18% over the past 12 months, compared with an increase in national average earnings of 3.7%, as employers vie to recruit from a limited pool of experienced IT professionals.
The average salary for IT professionals has reached £34,500, the survey by SkillsMarket for the Association of Technology Staffing Companies (Atsco) revealed, with demand at its highest levels since the dotcom boom of 2000.
“Many IT professionals wanted to switch jobs during the dotcom boom, then the market slowed, and they are now looking for their next role. Despite the availability of candidates, the industry is unable to meet demand,” said Ann Swain, chief executive at Atsco.
Demand for people with project management and technical architecture experience has increased as companies start new projects or seek to fill vacancies created by staff changing jobs.
“For employers, the fluid state of the IT jobs market is double-edged. Employers looking to build internal IT expertise should be able to draw from a large pool of technology professionals eager for new challenges, but they will need to put in place measures to retain the skills that they already have,” said Swain.