IT Pros In Demand, Though Worker Confidence Low: Technisource
More than half believe there are fewer IT jobs available, with only 11 percent confident that more jobs exist.The IT Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among U.S. technology workers, showed a decline from 56.2 to 47.3 in the third quarter of 2011, according to a recent survey commissioned by Technisource. Surprisingly, the survey of 3,813 U.S. adults among which 257 are employed in IT, marks the lowest confidence level among IT professionals in more than two years, despite Technisource seeing strong growth in new technology jobs available and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that the industry added 115,000 jobs through June 2011. While IT professionals' overall confidence in the economy and availability of new jobs weakened, personal confidence in their own abilities remained unchanged-highlighted by little to no statistical difference this quarter in confidence to secure a new job or their confidence level in keeping their current job.
"It appears that current political and financial insecurities have led to a dramatic drop in confidence in our overall economy among those in the IT field," said Michael Winwood, president of Technisource. "However, these professionals remain very confident in their personal ability to find new jobs and still have a high desire to jump to a better job if available. This trend, combined with the upcoming growth of new IT jobs, means that employers need to focus not only on the future of their talent pool, but on their existing IT teams now more than ever-or risk losing them to competitors."