Friday, 23 April 2021 17:09

IT workers more likely to be looking for new jobs

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The Elmo Employee Sentiment Report shows that workers in the information, media and technology (IMT) industry are twice as likely to be actively looking for a new job – inside or outside their current employer – than those in other industries.

Furthermore, those IMT workers are twice as likely to be looking for that new role outside their current company (46%) as they are to be looking internally (24%).

More generally, 34% of Australian workers feel burnt-out (compared with 19% among IMT workers), possibly because 25% of them took on more responsibility at work in the first quarter of 2021.

So it's not surprising that 24% were considering a career change.

Those that are looking for new jobs were more likely to have taken annual leave, chucked a sickie, or felt bored, overwhelmed or burnt-out, the study found.

On the other hand, the fact that 24% arrived at work while feeling unwell should be a cause for concern, especially in the light of COVID-19 health warnings. And IMT staff were big offenders, with 35% admitting to this behaviour.

Whether they are content with their jobs or looking for change, 53% of Australian workers anticipate a pay rise in the next 12 months, and just under half expecting a bonus.

"The COVID-19 induced economic slowdown influenced more than half of Australians in their decision to search for a new job. As the economy continues to improve more workers will stop putting off a job change and begin to see what else is out there in the market," said Elmo Software CEO Danny Lessem.

"Job seeking can rise steeply when economic growth returns. It's important that employers look after their people during the good times and the bad times to encourage them to stay with the company."

He added "Losing good quality talent can be a big set-back for a business and can quickly become a costly situation. Having an in-depth understanding of the workforce to make sure people aren't being overwhelmed with the amount of work they need to do.

"Technology can be a saving grace for many organisations to get the insights they need about their workforce to make sensible resourcing decisions that can help to reduce employee turnover and improve wellbeing.

"It's encouraging to see 88 per cent of Australian workers are either feeling secure or remain neutral about their job security. With greater job security comes greater spending which will truly kickstart our economic recovery."

Download the Elmo Employee Sentiment Report.


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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