IT work­ers in quest for bet­ter salaries

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HIGH turnover of em­ploy­ees in the technology sec­tor is ex­pected in the next few months as dis­sat­is­fied staff look for bet­ter jobs with greater pay, new re­search re­veals.

Spe­cial­ist technology re­cruit­ment firm Robert Half Technology sur­veyed 1200 technology pro­fes­sion­als and found 43 per cent be­lieve their cur­rent salary pack­age is not fair or in line with the mar­ket.

Al­most three-quar­ters, or 74 per cent, say they want to switch jobs to get greater bar­gain­ing power at salary ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Man­ager Jon Chap­man says it has been a tough 18 months for many em­ploy­ees, with pay freezes put in place and skele­ton staff left to shoul­der the bur­den of in­creased work­loads.

‘‘As a re­sult, they are now look­ing to im­prove their sit­u­a­tion via a new job,’’ he says.

‘‘The mar­ket has now picked up and many ma­jor IT projects are kick­ing off or are be­ing re­in­stated.

‘‘With em­ploy­ees feel­ing less loyal to their em­ployer, those who are look­ing for more money will likely go else­where to find it.’’

The sur­vey re­veals 22 per cent of technology em­ploy­ees had a salary de­crease in the past 12 months, with 59 per cent of those say­ing they lost their job in the eco­nomic down­turn and had to ac­cept a lower-paid po­si­tion.

But it also finds that 70 per cent of em­ploy­ers now are concerned about los­ing top per­form­ers to other ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in the next year.

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