Lack of training a key reason for changing jobs in IT: Report

by L&D09 Aug 2016
A lack of training has been cited as one of the main reasons for job-hopping in New Zealand’s buyout IT industry.
In particular, employers need to be smarter about training, recruitment and retention strategies for contractors and permanent staff as skilled workers move around from one job to another, said Dave Newick, Director of Experis and Global Attract New Zealand.
The survey involved a pool of 720 respondents and is the first time Global Attract has conducted a survey of the New Zealand tech and digital space.
The report also indicates that, on average, 22% of those surveyed have not undergone any formal training relating to their role.
Another interesting result found that more than 50% of New Zealanders working in technology and digital jobs are planning to change jobs within the next 12 months, according to the Global Attract New Zealand IT Recruitment Market Insights & Salary Guide.
Moreover, it found that, on average, 60% of workers across five key job fields (DevOps and Infrastructure, Financial Services,IT Executive, Software Development, Testing and QA, and Project Management) intend to look for a new role in the next year.
The DevOps and Infrastructure arena are especially buoyant, with 59% of those surveyed indicating they intend to change jobs in the next year. Even though this is a growing industry, 27% of candidates have never undergone formal training related to their role.

The biggest challenge for the Financial Services IT sector is attracting permanent IT professionals to deliver digital initiatives. The survey also shows 18% of IT workers in Financial Services have never had any training relating to their role.

“Large organisations are competing with smaller, more agile digital businesses that offer a greater range of flexibility on benefit and projects,” said Newick.

“The key to securing the best candidates in Financial Services is to look at what workers consider important benefits – training, annual bonus and flexible working.”