58.8 is the overall employee confidence index, compared to 52 in the fourth quarter of 2011.
While few are ready to declare all-out victory over recession, economic indicators show that things are beginning to look up, especially for IT workers. The latest quarterly IT Employee Confidence Index report from Technisource and Randstad Technologies indicates that overall confidence among U.S. technology professionals has risen to its highest level since the fourth quarter of 2005. In addition, IT workers feel better about their job stability, current company's future and their own ability to find a job if they so desire. Helping drive this positive sentiment is the organizational drive to remain competitive by investing in IT innovation. For example, demand for .NET and Java developers, business analysts, and project managers is on the rise, the research reveals. "Companies are once again looking to technology as a competitive advantage and embracing new implementations and migrations," says Bob Dickey, president of Technisource and Randstad Technologies. "We are seeing all levels of confidence ratings reach new highs -- clear evidence indicative of an improving recovery in the tech market. Given the strength of our industry and the employability of highly-skilled IT workers, it is critical to not lose sight of retention efforts." More than 250 U.S. IT workers took part in the research.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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