One in five IT staff are likely to leave their current employer next year in search of more interesting projects and career opportunities, while 80% feel they need a job change to progress their career, according to exclusive research.
The Technology Industry Survey 2012, conducted by IT recruitment firm Mortimer Spinks and Computer Weekly, showed more than 80% of 650 IT professionals surveyed feel they are more likely to progress their career by moving companies.
Almost 40% are looking to be in a different job within 12 months, rising to around two-thirds for technical roles.
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James Hallahan, managing director at Mortimer Spinks, said that employers are simply not offering IT staff growth opportunities.
"Even if we assume only half of those 40% are successful, it still leaves one in five IT workers leaving their employer. That's a huge number of empty seats on projects, helpdesks or software development teams," he said.
Companies could be forced to recruit a new CIO or CTO in the near future. While all (100%) database administrators surveyed were looking to leave their current roles, more than 90% of CIOs and CTOs, testers, architects and designers believe they have to move companies to progress their careers.
Business analysts made up the highest proportion (36%) of IT employees who plan to stay with their current employer.
Retaining staff will be harder than increasing remuneration packages and benefits. Most IT staff (81%) want more interesting projects to work on and for their employers to "surprise" them regularly.
IT professionals (71%) also want open, honest and regular communications from the IT department - particularly around offshoring. The survey also showed 16% feel threatened by the possibility that their role will be offshored.
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