UK IT workers still have significant feelings of job insecurity, despite the jobs upturn across the sector.
In a study of over 2,000 British employees, those working in IT and technology recorded negative feelings of job security. The research, from recruitment firm Randstad Technologies, found that over half of IT professionals felt either "neutral" or "slightly insecure" about their current prospects.
This is despite the fact that overall positive feelings of job security have gone up slightly. In 2009, when similar research was conducted, 40 percent of IT workers felt secure in their jobs. In 2014, this figure increased to 42 percent.
Mike Beresford, managing director of Randstad Technologies, said: “IT professionals are increasingly confident about their prospects both within their current organisation and opportunities elsewhere. However, the dynamic pace of change in both the economy and specifically the IT sector is proving a double-edged sword."
He said: "Confidence is increasing, but working in such an ever-changing sector means there is a need to remain aware of emerging technologies, because no one really knows what the sector will look like in five years’ time."
The research found that fewer IT professionals feel pressured to work longer hours to impress managers now (15 percent), than they did in 2009 (16 percent).
In 2009, 18 percent of IT professionals said they would consider learning a new professional skill to increase their employability. But in 2014, just 11 percent of IT pros would think of broadening their skills-set to give themselves more job security.
Beresford said: "In such a constantly changing environment even the best IT professionals need to up-skill by keeping abreast of new products and technologies. The fact that so many do not see the importance of this represents a real missed opportunity for the workforce.”
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