FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 25, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — The IT Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among U.S. technology workers, showed a decline from 56.2 to 47.3 in the third quarter of 2011, according to a recent survey commissioned by Technisource®. Surprisingly, the survey of 3,813 U.S. adults among which 257 are employed in information technology, marks the lowest confidence level amongst IT professionals in more than two years, despite Technisource seeing strong growth in new technology jobs available and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that the industry added 115,000 jobs through June 2011.
While IT professionals’ overall confidence in the economy and availability of new jobs weakened, personal confidence in their own abilities remained unchanged — highlighted by little to no statistical difference this quarter in confidence to secure a new job or their confidence level in keeping their current job.
Results from the Q3 IT Employment Report:
A paltry 13 percent of IT professionals still believe the economy is getting stronger, down 16 percentage points from Q2 2011.
More than half (56 percent) of those surveyed now believe that there are fewer IT jobs available, with only 11 percent being confident that more jobs exist.
Forty percent of respondents are confident in their ability to find a new job, down only four percentage points from the previous quarter. Likewise, only a two percentage point difference exists from Q2 to Q3 2011 in job security confidence.
Sixty-one percent of IT workers remain confident in the future of their current employer, down slightly from 70 percent last quarter.
Despite the lowered confidence in the overall economy, a full 32 percent of IT professionals are still likely to look for new jobs while in their current position.
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By Tim Spagnola
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