CompTIA: Nearly 60 Percent of Techies on Job Hunt

More than half of IT professionals are open to new employment opportunities, according to new research from technology industry association CompTIA. Out of about 1,000 respondents to the organization’s survey, 58 percent are looking for new jobs, and four out of five tech workers seeking new openings said their search is somewhat or very active.

However, Neill Hopkins, vice president of skills development, CompTIA, said this wasn’t necessarily indicative of an uncompromising resolve on the part of these workers to leave their organization but rather to change their current circumstances.

“It’s difficult to get detailed information out of a research project such as this,” Hopkins said. “If you read between the lines of what respondents are telling us, they’re not overly satisfied with their current roles and responsibilities in the organizations they work for — it wasn’t saying, ‘Look out! Six out of 10 of your IT professionals are currently looking for another job elsewhere.’

“I think they’re really saying, ‘I’m dissatisfied with my lot. I could look for some more help from my employer, I could look for other work within my organization or I could look for work outside of my organization.’”

Still, there is one fairly evident take-away in this study for employers, Hopkins said.

“I think the red flag to organizations out there with IT employees is that unless you’re doing a good job with taking care of your IT professionals, they could be very…


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