Employers competing for IT professionals as recruitment remains buoyant

Employers are in competition for full-time IT staff as the IT recruitment sector is defying the downturn, according to Hays IT.

The IT recruitment sector remains buoyant despite the economic climate, according to recruitment firm Hays IT.  

A survey of over 1,000 IT workers found employers facing competition for tech skills, due to the fact that 73% of IT professionals are currently considering moving jobs for the right role.  

Over half of the respondents (59%) in permanent roles said the recession had not affected their career in the long term. |Some 53%  claimed to have received bonuses at the same or higher levels than last year and 15% of these claimed to have received bonuses of 15% or more of their salary.

Those in full-time positions said they have noticed salary increases, with 54% receiving a pay rise and 51% of them admitting to receiving a salary increase of 3% or more.

However despite these findings most feel they are overworked, with 61% saying they have experienced an increase in their workloads over the last 12 months. More than half (59%) said they are dissatisfied with the fact their current organisation doesn’t offer any career progression opportunities.

James Aldridge, director of Hays IT, said despite demand for IT professionals remaining high, some employers are showing complacency towards their employees as 61% said they anticipate moving jobs within one year.

“Given this level of employee dissatisfaction, we would urge employers to support their employees better, particularly key staff, and make sure they receive the development they call for,” said Aldridge.

The contract market remains lucrative as only 6% of IT professionals said they are considering moving to a permanent position next. In addition 56% said they would wait eight weeks between contract roles before having to consider a permanent position.

Aldridge explained that many IT professionals are looking to take advantage of the higher day rates available to them through contract roles.

“In recent times, employers have had very high expectations of permanent candidates, looking for those that meet all of their criteria, but as more IT professionals switch to better-paid contract roles they may struggle to find people to fill permanent positions if they aren't more flexible,” he said.

Candidates remain in particular demand for mobile payment platforms. Roles also include developers for the visual and gaming industries, business process analysts, IT change experts and data specialists.

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