Thursday, 27 August 2015 18:38

Many IT workers open to changing jobs


More than one in three of Australia’s IT workers would change jobs if approached by a potential employer, according to newly published research.

According to the research by Clicks IT Recruitment, of 800 workers surveyed, 84% of them say they are open to changing jobs – a rise from 29% to 35% who would consider a change if approached.

But, there's actually has been a fall in the percentage of those expecting to look for a new job, from 57% to 49%, with many IT workers revealing a significant increase in confidence about the future of their employers since last quarter, with 56% feeling positive, up from 44%.

In line with this, the number of people - a mix of permanent employees and contractors - thinking they will lose their job has fallen from 61% to 51%, and those workers who are confident in keeping their jobs has also risen from 7% to 17%.

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According to Clicks’ managing director Ben Wood a stronger job market is also perceived, with 16% of IT workers saying there are plenty of jobs, up from 11% last quarter.

“Overall, this quarter’s results tell us that optimism has improved from last quarter, most significantly in respondents’ perception of their employer’s future and their sense of job security.

“There has also been a small lift in optimism relating to the current job market and employment prospects. This improved confidence will encourage job seekers to enter the market, creating ideal conditions for employers seeking to attract high-calibre IT candidates.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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