The IT Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among technology workers, declined 7.2 points from the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a new online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad Technologies.
The survey, which was conducted in January, February and March of 2013, included 183 employees in the technology industry.
Promising Year Ahead for IT Workers
“Although we saw a fairly significant decline in the overall confidence levels among IT workers, we believe this decline to be an anomaly being driven by many macro-level economic conditions in the first quarter that have a trickle-down effect to the employee,” said Bob Dickey, EVP of Technologies at Randstad U.S. “In fact, several reports and projections point to a very promising year for the industry, with substantial growth on the horizon. According to TechServe Alliance, the number of IT jobs increased last month to just under 4.5 million, growing by 5.1 percent since April 2012."
More Than Half of IT Workers Plan To Job Hunt
The Index indicated diminished confidence across many aspects, such as the strength of the overall economy, the availability of jobs, and IT workers’ ability to find a new job. Despite this, the Index found that half (46 percent) of IT workers are likely to look for a new job.
In fact, Dickey noted that several reports and projections point to a very promising year for the industry, with substantial growth on the horizon. The number of IT jobs increased last month to just under 4.5 million, growing by 5.1 percent since April 2012, according to TechServe Alliance.
“Part of the robust projections is due to an anticipated demand within the healthcare IT sector. Specifically, the mandate for healthcare entities to adopt ICD-10—an international disease coding system—by October 1, 2014 will require additional IT talent,” continued Dickey. “Because IT is not part of most healthcare organizations’ core business, they will need to rely on IT vendors and suppliers that have the expertise and skills available in large application system migrations.”
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