IT workers may be on the move

* Research shows 38% of IT workers are likely to look for a new job in the next year

Be prepared to potentially lose some of your IT staff to other opportunities. New research from recruitment firm Spherion shows 38% of IT workers are likely to look for a new job in the next year. This is up 4% from the previous quarter.

"The demand for IT workers in the U.S. remains healthy, which may help explain why so many technology workers report that they are likely to look for new jobs," says Brendan Courtney, senior vice president of Spherion Professional Services Group.

Conducted by Harris Interactive, the Spherion IT Employment Report shows the IT Employee Confidence Index was at 57.3 for the second quarter of 2007, which is less than a percentage point decline from the previous quarter. The index measures employee¹s overall confidence in the economy, their employer, and their ability to find other work.

A full 55% of IT workers surveyed are confident in their ability to find new jobs, as compared to 56% the previous quarter. The research also shows that IT pros' confidence in the economy slipped a tad. According to the results, 38% of IT workers believe the economy is getting weaker, whereas 36% were of this belief in the first quarter.

Staffers are slightly more confident about the future of their current employers. A full 63% of respondents considered themselves confident, up 1% from the first quarter.

"The continued confidence among these workers can also be attributed to how IT jobs are taking on more importance in 2007 and redefining technology's role in business," says Courtney. He noted that businesses are in particular need of social networking, IT security and applications development skills.

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