Why Confidence Is Falling for IT Workers

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-05-2015 Email

Overall confidence among IT workers has noticeably declined since the middle of 2014, according to recent survey findings released by Randstad Technologies. Contributing factors include a lack of conviction about prospects for the overall national economy, as well as increasing reservations among tech professionals about their employers' future. And while these employees said there are relatively fewer job opportunities available now than in the recent past, a significant amount plan to test the job waters over the next year. Such findings should serve as a caution for CIOs, who need to stay on top of workforce engagement levels to ensure that valued contributors stay for the long haul. "Although overall confidence levels declined this quarter, the labor market conditions for IT workers and job seekers was arguably at the healthiest levels we've seen in quite some time," said Bob Dickey, group president of technology and engineering at Randstad. "What should be most concerning for employers is a diminished level of confidence (within) the IT workforce (about) the future of their company. In a profession where innovation and remaining 'cutting' edge is fundamental to career growth, IT workers (who) aren't confident that their current employer holds a competitive edge will likely seek employment elsewhere." An estimated 190 IT workers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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