Survey: Telecommuting Tech Pros Would Work for Less Money

Ann All

Companies may be somewhat ambivalent about telecommuting, as I wrote last week.


But employees sure aren't, based on the results of a survey in which 37 percent of tech workers said they'd take a pay cut if allowed to work from home. They'd be willing to trim their salaries by up to 10 percent, according to Dice Holdings, a provider of Web sites for tech and finance professionals. That was just a bit higher than the number of workers who said they'd only accept a change in compensation if their work duties changed.


According to the Dice statistics included in a Reuters story about the survey, U.S. tech pros earn an average $74,570 a year. Seven percent of the respondents already telecommute, though the practice is largely limited to those who work for consulting companies.


Like other experts, Dice promotes telecommuting as a way for companies to recruit top tech talent in a competitive market.


In my April interview with Jay Liwanag, director of Corporate Relations & Career Services for American University's Kogod School of Business, he told me:

... it's important to look at differentiation -- what makes your company different, what makes you stand out from your competition? It's also important to discuss career paths and some of your non-financial rewards. Do you offer telecommuting, for example? That appeals to a lot of folks who are concerned about family. That could be a big differentiator between you and the competition, if that's what an applicant is looking for.

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