Most techies would recommend IT career to their children

Despite the current financial climate, IT professionals are positive about the technology industry and their immediate future in it ̵1; to the extent that 75 per cent of IT professionals would recommend a career in IT to a child, says a survey from recruiter The IT Job Board.

The research also found that 69 per cent of respondents felt their company's position in the market was ̵6;very secure̵7; or ̵6;somewhat secure̵7; and that 70 per cent expect a salary increase over the next 12 months.

̶0;Despite some current gloomy predictions, the IT sector is perceived to be a rewarding industry in which to work,̶1; says Alex Farrell, managing director of The IT Job Board. ̶0;The IT sector also appears to be holding up well to the newly-tough economic climate.̶1; 

A total of 956 people completed the survey, which was carried out at the end of March 2008. Key findings of the research include:

  • 86 percent of IT professionals expect to change jobs voluntarily in the next three years.
  • 52 per cent of respondents said they did not necessarily respect technology professionals with a relevant university degree.
  • This figure rose to 54 per cent for men, with 62 per cent of women saying they did respect IT-related degrees.
  • If offered an attractive job opportunity that required relocation, 34 per cent of female respondents ranked their spouse's jobs as the most important factor to consider when making the decision.
  • This figure dropped to 25 per cent for male respondents. Men however placed more weight on house prices, with 23 per cent of male respondents saying this was the most important factor to take into account when considering relocation, compared to 20 per cent of women.

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Image: Over one third (34 per cent) of female respondents ranked their spouse's jobs as the most important factor when considering relocation

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