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IT pros happy but open to new career opportunities

Sharon Florentine | April 20, 2016
The 2016 Job Seeker Nation study from Jobvite shows the U.S. workforce is in a state of flux. Job tenures are shorter and the hunt for new opportunities never stops.

The gig economy is also making an impact on job seekers, according to the Jobvite survey. Roughly one-in-five job seekers (19 percent) say they've received income from a "gig" job like Uber, AirBnB or TaskRabbit, for instance. And 56 percent say it's their full-time job.

"This data reinforced what we're seeing anecdotally -- we keep hearing from professionals on our site that they're noticing a change in the workforce, a shift toward consultants and contract workers -- but the surprising thing is the demographics. It's not younger workers taking these gigs, it's the middle-aged workforce. Why? Though we didn't delve into that, we assume it's those folks with kids and a mortgage, who wants some flexibility. Even those workers who have a full-time job take on side gigs. It's a huge, growing part of the economy right now," Bitte says.

Job seekers never stop looking for that next opportunity, which means recruiters and hiring managers should never stop actively pursuing potential candidates for their pipeline, Bitte says. Though only 18 percent of respondents overall say they expect to change jobs every one to three years, that number more than doubles when the data's broken down by generation and almost triples when gender's taken into account. Forty-two percent of millennials and 55 percent of millennial women say they expect to change jobs frequently, ostensibly on the lookout for higher pay, greater growth opportunity or a more convenient location.

"We are never done recruiting. It continues to be super-competitive and tough to recruit and to keep talent. Companies need to focus on marketing their brand, attracting passive job seekers and upping referrals, not just advertising job openings and hoping for the best," Bitte says.


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