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I have not written about this in quite a few months but I used to be shocked when talking with a hiring manager or human resources professional about them adding employees.


I always ask something along the lines of, “While recruiting new professionals to your staff what are you doing to keep the ones you have and what are you doing to keep your competitors from hiring your staff”.


Nine times out of ten the look is met with a confused look. I used to be shocked by it, now I expect it.


Here is more evidence of why what I am asking is even more important.


CompTIA (Computer Technology Industry Association) released a study of 1,000+ information technology professionals that shows 58% are “looking” for a new job and of those 80% are somewhat or very active.


Did you hear that collective shiver from the management crowd? Wait it gets worse, or better depending on your perspective.


Of those looking for new gigs 60% have been with their current employer for at least three years and 52% in their roles for at least three years.


Remember all of those seasoned high tech workers who had elected job security and loyalty? Yep, they are the ones looking to move on.


Pay, little or no advancement opportunities, and new challenges are the stated reasons.


Let me bust this down to the simplest of levels: If you are bringing employees in the front door make sure you have the back door blocked with proper pay, work conditions, and job satisfaction. Retain your current talent and recruit your hard drive off and you can have one of the best staffs around.


Fail to do so and you will be lucky to maintain staffing levels and at best average talent.


Shannon Seery,

Hi Paul. I have been interested in the IT recruitment space since my guest post on JobSyntax during the blog swap. I saw the CompTIA article that you referenced in your post (and completely agree with your assessment).

Interestingly though - the same day that I read the article you discuss - I also found this:

Are Retention Efforts Working? Spherion Survey Shows Fewer IT Workers Leaving Jobs

More IT Workers Believe the Economy Is Getting Stronger; Half of IT Workforce Say It Is Not Likely That They Will Look for a New Job; Majority of IT Workers Say It Is Not Likely They Will Lose Their Jobs

08/01/2006 - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - (MARKET WIRE) - The likelihood that U.S. IT workers will look for a new job dropped nine percentage points to 39 percent in the second quarter of 2006, according to the recent quarterly IT Employment Report released today by Spherion Corporation. Facing a unique combination of a tight job market, slowing efficiency gains, labor shortages at certain skill levels and an up-tick in labor compensation, employers are placing

Want to read more about it?

Any sense of which study is an accurate portrayal of the IT job market?


Paul, I just want 10% of those folks to know about and use ;)

I am in IT, and I got laid off in January. I know IT is hot, it always has been. And IT professionals have always been kind of different (as far as how to find them, how to keep them happy, etc.). For me this message (from your post and the article) is more about how the entire professional job arena is - the loyalty FROM the employer is a thing of the past. Everyone should be concerned about their next gig.

If you think that looking for other opportunities is "cheating" on your employer (like I did), think again. I have friends who have been let go with NO severence, no warning. It is much better to keep your ear to the ground and know your employment prospects than to stick your head in a hole and then get blind-sided by a layoff or whatever.

If your idea of job security is to rely on your employer to keep you around, you are in for a big surprise. Just ask, er, I mean, e-mail those 400 Radio Shack employees!

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