IT pros score low in the happy worker stakes despite high pay

IT professionals are among those with the lowest professional pride in the UK, with just 53 percent feeling proud to work in their profession, despite shorter hours and higher pay than many other sectors.

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IT professionals are among those with the lowest professional pride in the UK, with just 53 percent feeling proud to work in their profession, despite shorter hours and higher pay than many other sectors.

Among a survey of 2,000 UK workers conducted by recruiter Randstad Technologies, 58 percent of respondents from all sectors said they felt proud to work in chosen professions, but only 53 percent in IT agreed.

At the other end of the spectrum, 90 percent of those working in insurance felt proud of their profession, while those working in engineering, the media, property, financial services and social services were also above average.

While property professionals are paid less than the national average, with weekly earnings of just £479.40, workers in this sector are the second most proud of their profession in the country. Meanwhile, technology professionals receive an average of £677.40 per week - considerably more than the UK average of £505.90 - but are among the least happy in the UK.

Mike Beresford, managing director of Randstad Technologies, said: “The UK is already facing a shortfall of 33,000 IT and tech workers by 2050 due to skills shortages, an ageing workforce and restrictive migration policy. In order to sustain a truly engaged workforce, the IT and tech industry should seek to challenge and solve any underlying problems that might exist.”

In the sectors where employees felt least proud of their professions, like nursing, the rail sector, retail and manufacturing, along with IT, staff largely spent less time at work than the national average, so it's not overwork getting those employees down.

Beresford said: "No one wants to go to work each day without feeling proud of their careers - and the research proves that employees who fall into this category often spend less time each week at work. A good sense of professional pride isn’t just good for employees, it’s good for business too.”

Only 44 percent of those working in accountancy felt proud of their profession, but their working hours of just 33 hours and 50 minutes per week are considerably below the weekly average of 37 hours, 24 minutes.

By contrast, 61 percent of social workers felt proud of their work, and their working hours of 38 hours and 52 minutes are significantly higher than the UK average.

In the IT tech sector the average week was 37 hours, 32 minutes, very near to the average.

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