At the moment, CIOs may feel like the most highly skilled of IT professionals have a distinct advantage over them in terms of negotiations for compensation, perks and other recruitment enticements. And perhaps that's true—for now. But here's an interesting revelation from the same tech workers who currently possess all the leverage: They harbor significant reservations about the future, according to a recent survey survey from TEKsystems. In fact, a great many of them worry about whether they'll even be able to enjoy a long-term career. They feel the fast pace of IT will eventually render them obsolete, while others sense a workplace bias that favors younger employees. In either case, CIOs may want to reassure valued, veteran IT staffers, and even encourage more training so these employees continue to make impactful contributions. "By the same token, IT professionals [must identify] which technologies will become increasingly important at their organizations, and [ensure] that they are equipped with the skills needed to handle new technology initiatives," says Jason Hayman, market research manager at TEKsystems, an IT staffing solutions and talent management and services company. More than 2,400 IT pros participated in the research.
Short Shrift 45% believe trends like outsourcing and cloud computing create an environment in which IT jobs are not as sustainable as those in other professions.
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