Half of IT bosses change jobs to be heard in boardroom

Over half of UK IT managers plan to change jobs in the next two years because they are not being involved in top level decision-making.

Over half of UK IT managers plan to change jobs in the next two years because they are not being involved in top level decision-making.

Fifty three per cent will have changed jobs by 2009 and 34% plan to move to new pastures by the end of 2008, a Harvey Nash survey of 650 senior IT professionals found.

"In the next 12 months, more than half of all the technology leaders surveyed in this report will have moved jobs," said Albert Ellis, chief executive of recruiment consultant Harvey Nash.

The report found that a third of respondents still desire more involvement in business strategy and would move roles to get it.

With 23% already in their jobs for less than 12 months and a further 34% planning to move within the next 12 months, the IT industry could be about to witness one of the most dramatic migrations of technology leaders in recent times, said Ellis.

He said the reasons given for changing jobs should be taken as a sign by CEOs to ensure the door to strategic decision-making remains open to IT managers or risk losing them.

However, giving IT a seat on the board conflicts with the views of CFOs. Nearly half (47%) of an additional 50 CFOs surveyed felt there was currently no need to see the IT director on the board - the reason being that IT was seen as a support function and did not directly earn money for the business.

The 53% of CFOs who said there was a place for IT directors on the board said this was contignent on having strong communication and change management skills, which ranked above a strong in-depth IT awareness.

Jane Kimberlin, IT director at Dominos Pizza, said that managers seeking a top position on the board needed to show strong commercial and change management skills that help grow profits, and that IT was just one of a number of skills they needed to master.




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