IT pros optimistic despite downturn

IT workers remain confident of their career prospects despite the economic downturn, according to research.

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IT workers remain confident of their career prospects despite the economic downturn, according to research.

About 64 percent of workers remain confident and nearly a quarter actually feel better about their career prospects than they did last year, according to a Happiness at Work survey, conducted by recruitment consultant Badenoch & Clark.

In London, which is expected to be most heavily hit by the crunch, nearly three quarters are confident about their future.

The recruiters, who surveyed 1,322 UK office workers across different sectors, found confidence is high across all age groups too. About 75% of over 55s reported no loss in confidence. Under-25s were the most optimistic, with 81 percent feeling the same as last year, and nearly half saying they were more confident.

IT employees were also less loyal, with more than one third likely to leave their current role if another opportunity came along.

The findings contradict many headlines in recent months on the rise of outsourcing and job losses.

Matt Gasoigne, IT recruitment director at Badenoch & Clark, said: "The war for talent has always been a competitive one but we're beginning to see fighting on a new front: retention. In place of company loyalty a number of other factors are now more important, such as benefits, career progression, confidence in senior management and flexible working opportunities."

"The picture seems to be relatively healthy right now, but the coming months promise to be a very interesting time. If the doom and gloom headlines continue, employers will need to ensure it's not having an adverse effect on their workers. If redundancies are made, managing their impact on the rest of your workforce will be vital."

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