Survey: IT Workers to Jump Ship as Economy Improves

Paul Lilly

Businesses big and small may come to regret not making a bigger effort to keep IT workers happy during the tough economic times that have rocked the tech sector the past 12 -24 months. As the economic outlook starts to improve, IT workers may end up seeking greener pastures elsewhere.

Or so says a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive. Harris pinged 4,367 tech workers in the second quarter of 2010, with 241 of them directly involved in IT operations. Out of those surveyed, 61 percent of IT workers making between $50,000 and $75,000 a year said they are "likely" to look for a new job within the next year. And of those making over $75,000 annually, 36 percent said they are "likely" to jump ship.

"In some areas, salaries were cut or certainly salary increases were suspended," said Sean Ebner, a regional vice president at Technisource.

At the same time, just 27 percent of IT workers making between $35,000 and $50,000 said that they expect more jobs will open up in the next 12 months.

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