IT professionals motivated by interesting projects not bumper compensation packages

Recruitment survey finds IT workers are more concerned with good work projects than remuneration

IT professionals are more motivated by the prospect of interesting projects than that of a large compensation package, according to a survey from recruitment consultant Robert Walters.

The Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey found that more than half (57%) of IT workers regard an interesting job or project "very important", compared with only 37% who considered remuneration and benefits "very important".

“The fact that IT professionals are far more motivated by an interesting role than remuneration and benefits is a reflection of what they tell us when searching for new roles," said Matt Bartley, associate director of IT recruitment at Robert Walters. 

"To stand the best chance of retaining and/or recruiting the best people, businesses should look to offer challenging vacancies that allow IT specialists with the capability to make a difference,” he said.

The survey was based on responses from 1,420 respondents working in accountancy and finance, compliance, operations, IT, legal, human resources, risk, marketing, projects, sales, secretarial and support, tax and treasury.

According to the survey results, IT staff work an average of 43.7 hours per week – less than the other sectors surveyed. The survey revealed that sales professionals work 47.9 hours on average per week, financial services operations professionals (46.2 hours), lawyers (45.9 hours), tax specialists (45.8 hours) and marketers (45.6 hours).

IT workers were also found to be working harder now than they did a few years ago. According to the report, 20% of IT professionals are now working at least 50 hours per week, compared with only 18% in 2011.

“The increase in working hours highlights how IT departments are being placed under greater strain than in the past," said Bartley. "As the statistics show, the increases have not been too drastic and IT roles still offer relatively good work-life balance compared with other professions.”

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