IT workers lose confidence

Employee confidence in the health of the IT sector has dived, according to the latest IT Employee Confidence Index from Spherion.

Employee confidence in the health of the IT sector has dived, according to the latest IT Employee Confidence Index from Spherion.

In the report, the index fell 4.3 points to 54.1, according to third quarter figures, as fewer workers believe that the economy is on the up.

This pessimism is offset by a strong sense of job security. A secure 73% of IT workers – an increase of 3% on last quarter – believe their jobs are safe.

Brendan Courtney, senior vice president of Spherion Professional Services , says these seemingly contradictory views are easily explained.

“IT workers are still being enticed to stay with their current employers through a series of retention efforts which may explain why even more of them are confident in their own job security,” he says.

Despite these enticements to stay put, a Skillsoft survey reveals a less than rosy picture of UK workplace happiness. Two-thirds of the 2,800 employees surveyed say they want a new job, chiefly because they don’t earn enough money or they’re bored.

But satisfaction grows with status. A commanding 82% of people in managerial posts say they are happy in their work.

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