IT Workers: Happy with Job Status Quo or No?

Ann All

IT pros' angst over the possibility of losing their jobs to workers in another country appears to be waning, judging from results of a recent Dice, Inc., survey. According to Dice, some 37 percent of IT workers worry about having their jobs offshored, compared to 43 percent of non-tech professionals who fret about it.


The survey contained some pretty rosy results about job satisfaction, as well, with 95 percent of IT pros saying they were somewhat or very satisfied with their current jobs. Dice says that 93 percent of them plan to remain with their current employer for at least six months.


On a not-so-positive note, fewer folks reported being satisfied with their pay (28 percent vs. 34 percent in a similar survey Dice conducted last February) and with opportunities for advancement (12 percent vs. 21 percent in the previous survey).


Interestingly, a Computer Technology Industry Association survey from earlier this year found that, in contrast to the Dice survey, 58 percent of U.S. IT workers were looking for a new job. More in agreement with Dice, 73 percent of them cited a desire for a higher salary as the reason.


Yet another survey, from Spherion Corp., found that half of U.S. tech pros planned to launch a job hunt this year, largely due to their increased confidence that they'd be able to find new positions.


The optimists may be right, judging by a Robert Half Technology survey in which 13 percent of CIOs reported plans to add new jobs in 2006's last quarter. Nineteen percent of the execs were adding staff because their companies are developing and/or installing new enterprise applications, which means this trend could have real legs.

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