One in five (21%) UK IT professionals are so dissatisfied with their role they do not want their children to follow them into IT.
Recruitment consultancy Hudson questioned 1,000 employees across the IT, legal, HR and financial services professions, and found a high level of dissatisfaction in the IT sector.
A third (37%) of the IT professionals surveyed cited better opportunities in other professions as the main reason for their reluctance in recommending IT to their kids.
One in four thought their children could earn higher financial rewards elsewhere or enjoy a better work/life balance (25% and 23% respectively).
Even more discontented than IT staff were male lawyers. Almost one third (32.3%) said they would not want their children to follow them into the law.
Andy Rogerson, chief executive at Hudson UK, said, "Employers should take note of these findings and seek to tackle the sources of such gloom.
"With dark clouds on the economic horizon, employers may revert to short-term retention tactics, focusing too heavily on salaries, for example. By contrast, in many cases, improved communication and a more flexible approach can empower and liberate employees."