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CIO alert: Majority of IT professionals looking to change jobs next year

CIO alert: Majority of IT professionals looking to change jobs next year

But salary is not the top reason for the shift, according to Robert Walters

Adam Barratt, Robert Walters: 'Once again we’re seeing that IT professionals predominantly value opportunities for career progression over salary.'
Adam Barratt, Robert Walters: 'Once again we’re seeing that IT professionals predominantly value opportunities for career progression over salary.'

Three quarters of IT professionals (75 per cent) in New Zealand are looking to change jobs in the near future, according to Robert Walters.

The recruitment firm notes only a quarter of IT professionals are not currently looking to change jobs.

But nearly half (42 per cent) of these IT professionals hoping to change jobs are mainly motivated by career progression opportunities, while just over a quarter, 28 per cent, are seeking higher wages, according to the findings of its annual survey of business professionals.


“Once again we’re seeing that IT professionals predominantly value opportunities for career progression over salary,” notes Adam Barratt, manager, IT, Robert Walters, in a statement. “This doesn’t mean that employers shouldn’t be offering competitive salary packages; more so that hiring managers must outline the possible paths for progression and potential training opportunities to secure the best IT candidates.”

Hiring managers must outline the possible paths for progression and potential training opportunities to secure the best IT candidates.

Adam Barratt, Robert Walters

Robert Walters says it interviewed more than 500 New Zealand professionals on their expectations of their annual pay, benefits and incentive packages in the next 12 months. The sectors covered included accounting, banking, financial services, human resources, information technology, procurement, supply chain, sales, marketing and secretarial and business support.

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The survey also finds majority of IT professionals (61 per cent) expect a pay rise in 2016, and 29 per cent expect to receive a bonus.

This year, just over half (53 per cent) of the IT professionals surveyed received a salary increase, while only 21 per cent received a bonus payment on top of their base salary.

Their colleagues in sales and marketing, meanwhile, received the biggest pay rise out of all the other industries surveyed.

Robert Walters says almost three quarters (70 percent) of sales and marketing professionals surveyed received a salary increase in 2015, while 39 percent received a bonus payment on top of their base salary.

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