The June IT Employee Confidence Index indicates that confidence among U.S. tech workers declined in the first quarter of 2013, as workers expressed less confidence in their job security and employability. Nearly half (46 percent) of IT workers indicated that they are likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months.
The index is based on a Harris Interactive survey from January through March 2013 on behalf of Randstad Technologies, with responses of 183 workers employed in the technology industry. While almost half (46 percent) believed that the economy is getting weaker, more than half (55 percent) said that fewer IT jobs are available. Overall, IT employee confidence dropped from 55.8 from the fourth quarter in 2012 to 48.6 in the first quarter of 2013.
Despite the drop in optimism among workers — more than a quarter said it is likely they will lose their jobs in the next year — other forecasts underscore how the number of job openings requiring a bachelor’s degree in computer science will significantly outpace the number of graduates with degrees looking for jobs. And another recent report by Business Insider, which collaborated with the job-hunting site Bright, analyzing 3.5 million job postings and government data, reveals the cities that have the most tech jobs available. Springfield, Ohio, for instance, has more tech jobs per capita than any other city in the U.S.
TechServe Alliance, a collaboration of IT staffing firms, solutions firms, clients, consultants, and suppliers, also recently reported that tech jobs grew by 5.1 percent since April 2012 to 4.5 million.
“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, executive vice president of Technologies at Randstad U.S.
To read the complete findings, see the Randstad report here.
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