58% of corporate IT managers are now looking for jobs

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According to two new studies by Skillsoft and ManageEngine, more than half of IT practitioners are looking for greener pastures, placing a greater burden on employers to retain existing talent because they are dissatisfied with the help and support they and their organizations receive.

According to ManageEngine, a market research firm that conducted a global survey of 3,300 decision-makers from a variety of private-sector organizations, 58% of corporate IT managers are currently looking for jobs.

ManageEngine’s survey data examines IT empowerment and the ability of IT working groups to influence and make strategic decisions, and it shows that almost 81% of IT decision-makers feel that their company should have done more to support them over the past two years. Nearly half (48%) said they would leave their current employer if workplace flexibility became unsustainable or there were no opportunities to advance their careers.

Meanwhile, online learning site Skillsoft surveyed nearly 8,000 people, including IT professionals and IT executives, to analyze IT salaries and certifications, learn about the industry’s challenges, understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the field, and see how recruitment and retention issues affect workers and employers.

The Skillsoft survey indicates that the main reasons for switching employers in the last year were better pay, a lack of training and development, and a poor work-life balance. One of the most difficult challenges is employee retention. 53% of the tech professionals surveyed said that they were highly or reasonably likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months. Only 23% of respondents said it was more likely or extremely unlikely that they would look for a new job.

The sources for this piece include an article in ComputerWorld.

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