Most IT staff expect to work increasingly as contractors for multiple companies and to move frequently between employers, according to a newly published survey.
However, 81 per cent felt that long-term contracts gave better results for employees.
"There is a tension here between IT employees' preference for contract work and employers' demands for more rounded technical employees who have a better understanding of their business context," said Paul Taylor, director at recruitment consultant Hudson, which sponsored the survey.
"The contracting environment means that employers have relinquished responsibility for employees' training.
"If employers expect employees to become more loyal to their company, they need to take responsibility for their continuous professional development in line with the speed at which technological innovation is taking place."
Nearly three quarters are expecting the market for jobs to get a lot tougher in the next decade. Re-skilling seems to be the key to continued employment, with over half expecting postgraduate qualifications to be the norm.
The survey also revealed a strong ethical streak in IT staff, with over half saying that a company's ethical values were important when choosing a job.
Quality of life was rated above career progression by 72 per cent of respondents, with nearly two thirds expecting to work from home in the future.
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