Employees working in IT and technology are more valued than they think they are, according to research.
The survey conducted by training firm Skillsoft found that IT workers are actually more likely to be promoted than their colleagues outside IT departments. Over 20 per cent had been given a promotion at work within the last six months against an average of 11 per cent.
The managers of IT professionals are also more likely to encourage them to develop their skills; 73 per cent against an average of 60 per cent. And 28 per cent of IT workers claim to receive a lot of support for from their managers in relation to their professional development against an average of 19 per cent across other job roles.
But job satisfaction does not seem to match these findings. Seven out of ten do not believe that their job reflects their true potential and only 45 per cent feel valued at work.
The research found that IT professionals change job more often than others within their organisations. A quarter have worked for their current employer for less than six months against an average of 11 per cent across other occupations.
However, IT professionals feel more discriminated against at work. Three quarters of those interviewed believe that they are discriminated against because of their age; 43 per cent because they are too young (average 31 per cent) and 32 per cent because they are too old (average 32 per cent).
IT professionals are also more likely to be allocated time to develop their skills during working hours than their non-IT colleagues (43 per cent against an average of 35 per cent). More than a third would be prepared to do all their training and development in their own time if necessary whereas only 25 per cent of other employees would consider giving up their own time to learn.
Over 80 per cent of IT professionals said they would happily invest a proportion of their personal time in training if their employers would do their part and give them more time to develop at work.
However, an IT programmer for an East London local authority, who asked not to be named told vnnet.com that he cannot relate to the research findings: “I am more likely to be offered a promotion that I am not suited to and that I am not interested in. This is also true of courses. I am often being sent on inappropriate courses where I feel there is little scope to apply what I’ve learnt.
“I have been looking for another job in the commercial world for some time but leaving the local authority with its defined benefits scheme is a bit scary. In addition my job title changes every year but that doesn’t mean it’s a prom otion,” he said.
Kay Baldwin-Evans, head of research at SkillSoft said: “It’s clear that, despite their own perceptions, IT professionals really are valued at work. But organisations would be well advised to make sure their IT personnel are aware of this and reward them by giving them more opportunities to develop during working hours. The potential impact on recruitment costs alone would be well worth the investment.”
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