Organisations MUST do more to retain their skilled IT staff

A recent survey has revealed that a staggering half of the UK’s IT professionals aren’t happy in their current job and almost all of these are actively looking for a new role.

It’s no secret that there’s a skills shortage in the IT and tech industry, with many businesses across the sector worrying about the lack of experienced or qualified talent coming through. So naturally, if there’s not enough talent entering thr industry, companies should be focusing on the retention of their current talented workforce. This unfortunately, does not seem the case according to a recent survey conducted by CV –Library.

The survey focused on 1,200 IT professionals and staggeringly it found that just over 50% of those questioned were not happy in their current position and almost all of them were actively looking to progress on to somewhere else. IT ranked equal fourth in the top 10 industries most affected by low job satisfaction, according to the study. Businesses should take not of these finding and realise the importance of retaining their talent.

“It is concerning to learn that so many IT professionals are unhappy in their current roles, while the prospect of a wave of candidates all looking for a new job is great if you are recruiting, it is less positive if you are losing members of your workforce as a result” said Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library.

So, what is the reasoning behind these employees unhappiness? Of those IT professionals who are unhappy at work, 34.5% reported that it was due to of a lack of development opportunities, 27.6% said it was due to their work being unfulfilling and 17.2% simply didn’t like the company they work for.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that by shifting attention to a solid employee retention strategy the benefits may be endless. If the top reason the majority of individuals are leaving your business is due to a lack of development opportunity then a strategy must be put in place to give those people an incentive to work towards. Everyone has a long-term goal and if you don’t recognise that then you’re really doing your business an injustice. Provide opportunities to talk about and support people on the development of their career – allow staff to go to training events that teach new and exciting advancements and most importantly, give recognition when they’re doing a great job. If 27.6% are saying that their current position is unfulfilling – you must address the reason why. Perhaps it’s down to them or maybe it’s down to your company. Maybe they were first attracted to your business by your company’s values – have they got lost along the way? There are many ways simple ways that you can make an employee feel fulfilled – you just have to get to the root of the problem first.

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