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IT pros staying put, expecting raises

Ann Bednarz | Nov. 4, 2011
There's cause for contentment among IT pros, many of whom are staying put at their current jobs due to a combination of lingering economic concerns and improving conditions at work.

"People are very happy where they're at, as long as they have the support of a good boss (somebody who's not a micromanager and is willing to empower them to run with a project); salary and benefits that are in line with the market; and technology they can learn and get better at. They don't need to go anywhere," Cullen says.

On the hiring front, 28% of the IT pros surveyed said they think their team will increase (either marginally or significantly) in the coming year, and 65% said headcount will stay the same. Just 6% expect their team headcount to decrease.

IT pros are mixed on salary increases, but the largest percentage (44%) expect to be offered a raise in 2012. Among the remainder, 26% expect their company to freeze pay next year, 11% aren't expecting a raise but said they'll ask for one, 9% aren't expecting a raise and won't ask for one, and 5% are expecting a pay cut (4% don't know).

In general, men appear to be more optimistic than women, Modis found. More men than women said their team will increase in size (33% vs. 16%) and believe they'll receive a raise (48% vs. 33%) in 2012.

IT still faces pressure to cut costs, however. More than half of respondents (62%) said achieving cost savings remains a top priority at their organization.

For IT professionals looking for a new job, the most effective method is tapping personal connections, respondents said. Networking with other IT people ranked first (35%), followed by recommendations from former colleagues, clients or bosses (28%), professional networks (17%), and social media tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter (8%).


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