Recent surveys conducted by the IT jobs board – www.ComputerJobs.ie, revealed IT professionals are very optimistic about surviving the downturn. It seems fear of the credit crunch doesn’t seem to be looming over the IT sector.
ComputerJobs.ie surveyed over 9,000 IT professionals across all levels and disciplines including Project Managers & IT Management, Software Engineers, Business Analysts, Network Engineers, Testers, and Technical Support .
When asked are you confident your current employer will get through the current downturn, 61% said yes “. Unlike the last downturn experienced by the IT profession in the dot com era of 2001-2003, the IT industry seems to be in remarkably rude health.
84% of the IT professionals surveyed said if they moved jobs, they would expect their salary to remain the same or increase. This shows considerable confidence in their choice of IT as a career. Of the 9% who would envisage a decrease in their salary, IT management were predominantly represented.
With all the doom and gloom around us, it seems as though job satisfaction is what matters most. When asked: Would you stay in a job you were unhappy in, 62% revealed they would not stay in a job if they were unhappy in it, again showing strong confidence in being re employed if they decided to move.
When asked: Tick the FIRST method you would use when searching for a new IT job – A whopping 80.7% replied: Internet Job Boards with only 1.5% selecting newspapers – this reflects the dramatic change in job seekers method of looking for new jobs as does not bode well for the newspaper’s advertising pipeline.
Niall Kelly Director of ComputerJobs.ie says “Choosing a career in IT should continue to be a desirable career choice for many school leavers based on these results. Job satisfaction, employability and high salaries all combine to give anyone who chooses IT as a career much needed security in these challenging times both now and down the track.”