IT Employees See Bright Future
Information technology professionals are showing the highest level of confidence in their employers since 2007, according to a new survey.
The quarterly survey, commissioned by Technisource, the technology services division of SFN Group Inc., revealed that a majority – 70 percent – of workers indicated they were confident in the future of their current employer, up 6 percentage points since the first quarter of the year.
Additionally, three-quarters of those surveyed said they think it’s unlikely they’ll lose their jobs — another sign of increased confidence amid a slowly recovering American economy.
At the same time, the number of IT specialists considering a potential job change rose 3 percentage points from last quarter, to 35 percent, the survey showed. The percentage of IT professionals who are confident in finding another job also rose by 3 percentage points.
"We are seeing more stabilization in the confidence levels of IT professionals and a hopeful view of current employers' ability to grow and succeed," Michael Winwood, president of Technisource, said in a statement. "However, the likelihood of workers to look for other opportunities continues to grow and employers need to continue to provide their top talent with training and development programs to keep them from doing so."
On the flip side, fewer IT professionals think the economy is improving; only 65 percent of those surveyed said it’s getting stronger or staying the same — down from 69 percent in the first quarter of 2011.
The survey also measured stabilization in the confidence levels of IT professionals through the Technisource IT Employee Confidence Index, which saw individual confidence remain constant this quarter.
The Technisource IT Employment Report provides a quarterly snapshot of the latest work force trends among information technology professionals across the country.