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IT pros lament: Low pay, no perks

Carolyn Duffy Marsan | Jan. 5, 2012
Non-competitive pay is the main reason for high turnover rates among IT pros in their 20s and early 30s.

But there are other things CIOs can do in addition to raising pay in order to keep good employees.

"If you're losing so many employees, it's not them, it's you," wrote a 30-year-old IT pro who has stayed with his employer for six years because he feels appreciated, has had the opportunity to learn new specialties, and likes his co-workers. "After promotions and a bad economy, I'm decidedly underpaid for my position, but it's about more than money for me here," he added.

A female reader offered a different suggestion to Trebino: Hire mothers. "We are supreme in staying with you, having no attitudes, and some of us are really smart and technical," she said.

MORE: 2012 IT budgets, salaries on the rise, survey says

Many readers said U.S. companies no longer have loyalty to their IT staff, so they shouldn't expect loyalty from their IT staff.

"After the 2008 business crisis, some of the 20-year-olds got it, and they know they have to be responsible for their own survival for no one else is, especially from a company," said one older reader, who pointed to layoffs and outsourcing as reasons for the shift. "So, they have adjusted and learned to take matters into their own hands."

Several older readers cheered the bravery of their 20-something co-workers to so readily change jobs for new opportunities.

"I, too, cheer these young people in their choice to go where they are rewarded either monetarily or with other incentives," an older IT pro said. "I feel that the management level is so far disconnected on what motivates the younger workforce today. No longer is money the only incentive for people to stick around. Old ways of thinking need to leave the work arena and be replaced with more creativity."

Wrote one weary IT pro: "If I were still in this reported age group, I, too, would bolt if offered a better deal. I spent years at various companies that turned around and laid me off as soon as they needed to give the CEO a bonus."


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