80% of Tech Professionals Plan to Change Jobs in Next 12 Months

28th September 2016

Posted In: FYI

Over 80 percent of tech professionals in Ireland plan to change jobs in the next 12 months, and they will be most attracted to workplaces with family-friendly policies and opportunities to travel, according to a Career Zoo survey released today.

Career Zoo is a career networking event, taking place twice each year at The Convention Centre Dublin.  It attracts leading tech employers and over 7,000 attendees each time.  The next Career Zoo, which takes place on Saturday, 15th October, was officially launched today by Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. To coincide with the launch, Career Zoo released the results of a survey of over 200 tech professionals, showing that:

– 80.77 percent of tech professionals are planning to change jobs in the next 12 months.

– Almost 85 percent believe they will change jobs at least every five years for the remainder of their careers.

– Tech professionals rate family-friendly policies, opportunities to travel and a physical workspace that’s attractive and enjoyable to work in as the three most important factors to consider when looking for a new job.

– Salary was rated as the least important factor (from a list of 12 potential factors) to consider when looking for a new job.

– Almost 43 percent of survey respondents believe Brexit will have repercussions for their career, while almost 30 percent believe the European Commission’s recent ruling on Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland will impact on their careers. 

 Commenting on the survey findings, Jackie Slattery, Director of Career Zoo, said: “The majority of those who completed our survey are highly experienced tech professionals: 45 per cent are in the 32 to 40 age-bracket, and half have more than five years’ experience in the sector.”

“Because of their in-demand skills and experience levels, tech professionals place less value on pay-scales than other workplace factors.  Essentially, they know they can attract a decent salary.  As a result, what they consider important when assessing a potential new employer are factors like family-friendly policies, travel opportunities, an enjoyable work environment, generous levels of annual leave, and flexible work options, such as remote working and flexible hours.” 

“Our survey also shows that tech professionals are highly mobile, with the vast majority planning to change jobs in the coming year and to continue moving from job to job in the years to come.  This mobility – and the global nature of the tech industry – is further evidenced by the fact that over half of those who completed our survey hail from outside Ireland originally, with high response levels from tech professionals from Brazil, India, Spain, the UK and Italy, in particular. In this highly mobile and globalised industry, where workers relish travel opportunities and are happy to relocate for a job that suits their needs, the challenge for employers is to respond to the demand for family-friendly, flexible work options and non-pay-related perks, to ensure they can attract the very best talent.”