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Lack of career progression pushes IT workers to shop around for jobs

Research from EMC finds that a lack of career progression in their current organisation is the top reason IT people choose to move jobs

A lack of visible career progression in their current organisation is the top reason IT professionals choose to find a job elsewhere.

Research from EMC found 49% of IT professions said a lack of career progression in their organisation would encourage them to look for a job elsewhere.

Of those asked, 42% of female IT staff cited a lack of career progression as a reason to move, whereas 52% of male technology workers found restrictions on their career growth frustrating.

Ross Fraser, UK and Ireland country manager at EMC, said a chance to progress in their career is “a key aspect people want to feel like they’ve got”.

“With a vast number of organisations searching for skilled IT staff, the vacancies for them to move to are plentiful, so I would urge businesses to review their options and the opportunities they can offer their teams,” Fraser said.

The research found 71% of IT workers had looked for another job in the last year. After a lack of scope for career progression, 26% stated a lack of innovation in their organisation was a key driver to go elsewhere.

Almost a quarter said their organisation lacked understanding of how IT fits in with the rest of the business, suggesting a divide between firms where the IT and business functions are separate, and new disruptive companies where technology is at the heart of all departments.

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Fraser said that, in many firms, the IT departments and other business functions “don’t speak the same language”.

More than 30% of IT employees said they wanted to work at a digital organisation where IT is embedded in the business.

Fraser said: “Legacy companies have got the business and then they’ve got IT – it’s not joined up.”

There are currently not enough skilled digital workers in the UK to fill the rising IT job vacancies. Fraser pointed out that many students leave university with skills that are “not relevant because of the pace of change” and warned that universities should become “more aligned” with the industry.

Charlotte Holloway, head of policy at TechUK, explained cyber security specialists, senior developers and data analysts are in high demand, and the UK will have to address the IT skills gap to stay ahead.

“It’s a global race” Holloway said.

“How are we making sure these new waves of people are coming into the industry are coming into these roles?”

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