IT Workers On the Job Hunt for Jobs
Despite bleak economic conditions and a belief that there are fewer jobs available, IT professionals still are looking for new employment, new research shows.
Commissioned by Technisource, the study found that nearly one-third of the surveyed IT professionals plan to seek out new jobs in the coming months.
Yet the research also revealed the respondents don't necessarily believe there are many jobs to be had. More than half of those surveyed said they think there are fewer IT jobs available than there were in the second quarter of 2011. Only 11 percent say they're confident that more jobs actually exist.
Their relatively pessimistic outlook on IT job availability seems to be unwarranted, according to Technisource, which is seeing strong growth in new technology jobs. Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the industry added 115,000 jobs through June.
"These professionals remain very confident in their personal ability to find new jobs and still have a high desire to jump to a better job if available," Michael Winwood, president of Technisource, said in a statement. "This trend, combined with the upcoming growth of new IT jobs, means that employers need to focus not only on the future of their talent pool, but on their existing IT teams now more than ever — or risk losing them to competitors."
Overall, the study shows a drop in confidence among IT professionals in the United States. It marks the lowest confidence level in more than two years.
The survey also shows just 13 percent of IT professionals believe the economy is getting stronger, down 16 percentage points from the second quarter of 2011.
Winwood said the current political and financial insecurities are to blame for the dramatic drop.
The research was based on surveys of more than 250 IT professionals.