Resignations among IT staff have reached record levels and the problem shows no sign of abating, warns research firm Computer Economics Limited (CEL).
Since last spring, 9.9% of IT staff have quit their job, the highest figure for six years. According to CEL, the staff retention problem means many IT departments are now having difficulties maintaining essential services.
The problem is likely to get worse as we approach the Millennium and European Monetary Union, when there will be additional burdens on IT departments, warns CEL.
IT resignations were highest in programming departments, where 15.8% of staff resigned in the six-month period surveyed (April - October 1996).
The survey, based on interviews with 37,000 staff, found that the resignation rate among fully-fledged programmers and junior programmers was almost double the survey average.
Programmers were followed by analyst programmers in the resignation stakes, with 11.9% quitting their job. The lowest level of resignations was among technical service staff, at just 5%.
Paul Campfield, a director at CEL, blamed the staff retention problem on the recession. "During a recession, one of the things companies do is cut back on training, recruitment and development of new products," he explained.
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