Senior IT staff will be less likely to change jobs during the economic downturn because of a shortage of challenging projects, according to recruitment company Harvey Nash.
"There are not as many sexy appointments out there," said Matt Smith, director of UK regions at Harvey Nash. "The major projects which really see IT interface with the business are not coming around as regularly. There is no point moving from one company to another if you are just performing the same role."
As well as a shortage of challenging roles, CIOs are also reluctance to move jobs because of their own economic uncertainty, he said.
"There is going to be less churn because there is a level of nervousness around the economy and it is seen as better to stay in an organisation you know and understand."
Despite this, senior IT professionals are actively keeping an eye out for new opportunities.