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Many Tech Workers Ready to Reboot Jobs

April 18, 2006
In what could signal turnover headaches ahead for many companies, one-third of information technology workers in North America say they plan to find a new job in 2006, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder.com.

The study, released February 22, finds that one in five IT workers say they are dissatisfied in their current positions. Workers cite an unmanageable workload, dissatisfaction with pay and a lack of effective leadership as the leading factors affecting their decision to look for new opportunities this year, CareerBuilder.com reports. Sixty-one percent of IT workers say their workload has increased over the past six months, and close to half say their workload is unmanageable, according to the survey.

"IT is one of the top areas hiring managers say they will be recruiting for in 2006," Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder.com, said in a statement. "With the labor market becoming more competitive, hiring managers may need to rethink their recruitment and retention strategies."

U.S. firms have been turning to lower-paid tech workers abroad to meet labor needs. But this strategy has its downsides. Last year, consulting firm McKinsey & Co. said China had more than twice as many young professional engineers as the United States had, but that just 10 percent of Chinese engineers would be suitable to work for multinational companies.

CareerBuilder.com says its study was conducted in November and December and involved more than 115 IT workers. The survey results are statistically accurate to within plus or minus 9 percentage points, the company says.

--Ed Frauenheim