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IT professionals insecure in jobs

Research shows that 22% of respondents believe their job is only secure for the next year

IT professionals are worried about their job security according to a survey by Star.
IT professionals are worried about their job security according to a survey by Star.

IT professionals are uncertain about their futures in their current jobs and could be planning to jump ship, according to research conducted in the UK, from Star, a provider of on-demand computing and communication services.

Star has said that this employee insecurity could lead to a company brain drain, leaving organisations without the technical leadership they need to return to growth.

Twenty-two percent of survey respondents said that they believe their current position to be secure for no more than 12 months - making it likely at least one in five is actively looking for a job at any given time.

Only half of the IT professionals surveyed by Star said that they are currently employed full-time by the company for which they are working.

"Current levels of IT job insecurity are helping no-one" said Paul Watson, interim CEO of Star. "IT professionals are moving from job to job, thanklessly trying to maintain legacy systems inherited from their predecessors - systems that are quickly becoming obsolete. They know they are adding little in the way of business value and are often not privy to plans regarding their future. The situation is morale sapping and the resulting churn puts both business continuity and business recovery at risk."

According to Star, cloud-based managed services can help companies to predict costs, plan resources and ensure consistency of service, allowing the IT department's role to evolve from its current focus on day-to-day maintenance to a longer term view adding business value and securing the careers of IT professionals.

The company also said that IT professionals concerned about job security should be acquiring the management skills needed for the cloud computing era.

Twenty-three percent of job-seeking IT professionals consider strategy and 19% consider analysis to be the most important management skills for IT professionals yet most are more interested in improving their technical rather than their management capabilities, according to Star.

The large majority of university degrees held by IT professionals, 77%, are technology rather than business or management based, showing that there is a skills gap even among one of the most highly talented professions.

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