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ACN SALARY SURVEY: Over half of Mid-East IT workers ‘satisfied’ with current role

But annual poll also shows widespread intentions to move on within two years

A good work environment was ranked among participants as slightly more important than salary for job satisfaction.
A good work environment was ranked among participants as slightly more important than salary for job satisfaction.

More than half of those working in the Middle East technology sector are satisfied with their current job, according to the Arabian Computer News Salary Survey 2014.

The annual poll showed 17% of respondents were very satisfied, and 39% fairly satisfied, with their current position, for a total of 56% that were satisfied to some degree. Some 28% described themselves as neutral and 15% as dissatisfied.

A good work environment was ranked among participants as slightly more important than salary for job satisfaction, while a good company, challenging job, job stability and skills development were also deemed important.

But despite satisfaction levels, 30% said they were thinking of changing jobs within six months and 61% said they would move on within two years. The responses were almost exactly the same as 2013, when 30% indicated a move within 6 months and 60% within two years.

Salary was voted the most important factor in a new job, with opportunity for advancement ranked a clear second. New challenge, better environment, opportunities to develop skills, and better benefits were also considered important.

The ACN IT Salary Survey 2014 was an anonymous online survey run through ITP.net between July and early September. It quizzed participants on a range of employment issues, including satisfaction, career intentions, staffing levels and training.

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The survey was first run last year. This year's poll received 461 responses in total, with 386 (84%) describing themselves as IT professionals working in the Middle East. A full 83% had been in IT for more than five years.

The majority said they were in full time employment, with 4% in part-time roles. Respondents were found to be mainly working for large organisations; 57% were in organisations of 1,000 or more and 29% in organisations of 100 to 1000 employees. Respondents were found to be spread across all verticals. Half had been with their current employer for up to five years and half for over five years.

Most were between the ages of 25 and 44. Some 55% said they were educated to degree level, and 40% had completed a Masters or MBA. Gender was split 90% male, 10% female, showing a significant upturn in female respondents, from only 2.9% last year.

When it came to location spread, 61% were working in the UAE and 22% in Saudi Arabia. Overall 92% of those polled were based in the GCC.

ITP.net will continue to report on the key findings from the survey, publishing a summary of the full results of the poll on 30 September. An in-depth report on the findings will be published in the October edition of Arabian Computer News.