IT executives are more concerned with keeping abreast of new technology than they are job security, according to a survey.
In the latest Black Box Network Industry Survey, 60% of people responsible for networks in the UK said they have serious difficulties in keeping up to date with technology. This compared with 55% who are concerned their salary is failing to keep up with the rate of inflation and 45% concerned about job security.
The industry sector struggling most with new technology is manufacturing, where 66% reported major problems. Retail and distribution and business and professional services were next, level-pegging on 63%, followed by the public sector (62%).
Roger Croft, managing director of Black Box, commented: "It cannot be good news for either UK employers or their employees when around half the professionals in our field feel swamped by new technology, out of pocket and in danger of losing their jobs. The only way I can see of tackling this is for employers to invest in training and clarify their policy on outsourcing, so employees feel that their jobs are structurally safe."
The survey showed the rate of change in networking is dramatic. Roughly a third (30%) of those questioned expect a significant upgrade of their network's hardware infrastructure within six months, rising to over half (57%) within 12 months.
The survey also reported that 61% of respondents expect to implement new networking technology such as Fast Ethernet, ISDN and ATM within the next year. 36% expect to install a new network operating system within a year.
IT administrators were the most concerned about pay, with 63% fearing their salary was failing to keep up with the rate of inflation. They were followed closely by network engineers and network managers, on 62% and 59% respectively.
According to the Black Box survey, the further down the management chain you go, the more worried you are likely to be about job security.
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