Thursday, 29 September 2016

80% of Tech professionals plan to leave job

Over 80 per cent of tech professionals in Ireland plan to change jobs in the next 12 months, and they will be most attracted to workplaces with family-friendly policies and opportunities to travel.  That’s according to a Career Zoo survey released today (28.09.16).

Career Zoo is Ireland’s premier career networking event, taking place twice each year at The Convention Centre Dublin.  It attracts leading tech employers and over 7,000 attendees each time. 

The next Career Zoo, which takes place on Saturday, 15th October from 10am to 5pm, was officially launched today by Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.  To coincide with the launch, Career Zoo released the results of a survey of over 200 tech professionals, showing that:

·       80.77 per cent of tech professionals are planning to change jobs in the next 12 months.
·       Almost 85 per cent believe they will change jobs at least every five years for the remainder of their careers.
·       Tech professionals rate family-friendly policies, opportunities to travel and a physical workspace that’s attractive and enjoyable to work in as the three most important factors to consider when looking for a new job.
·       Salary was rated as the least important factor (from a list of 12 potential factors) to consider when looking for a new job.
·       Almost 43 per cent of survey respondents believe Brexit will have repercussions for their career, while almost 30 per cent believe the European Commission’s recent ruling on Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland will impact on their careers. 

Commenting on the survey findings, Jackie Slattery, Director of Career Zoo, said: “The majority of those who completed our survey are highly experienced tech professionals: 45 per cent are in the 32 to 40 age-bracket, and half have more than five years’ experience in the sector.

“Because of their in-demand skills and experience levels, tech professionals place less value on pay-scales than other workplace factors.  Essentially, they know they can attract a decent salary.  As a result, what they consider important when assessing a potential new employer are factors like family-friendly policies, travel opportunities, an enjoyable work environment, generous levels of annual leave, and flexible work options, such as remote working and flexible hours.

“Our survey also shows that tech professionals are highly mobile, with the vast majority planning to change jobs in the coming year and to continue moving from job to job in the years to come.  This mobility – and the global nature of the tech industry – is further evidenced by the fact that over half of those who completed our survey hail from outside Ireland originally, with high response levels from tech professionals from Brazil, India, Spain, the UK and Italy, in particular. 

“In this highly mobile and globalised industry, where workers relish travel opportunities and are happy to relocate for a job that suits their needs, the challenge for employers is to respond to the demand for family-friendly, flexible work options and non-pay-related perks, to ensure they can attract the very best talent.”

Minister Mitchell O’Connor
Officially launching October’s Career Zoo, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, said the Career Zoo event demonstrates that Ireland can offer some of the most exciting job opportunities in the world.

“I am a long-time supporter of Career Zoo and have attended the event on a number of occasions in the past,” she said. “What always impresses me is the calibre of job candidates and employers in attendance at Career Zoo – the typical attendee I’ve met is highly skilled and experienced, while the employers at the event are offering jobs in the sectors that drive our global economy.

“I wish all at Career Zoo and those attending on the day the very best for the future.”

Line-Up for Career Zoo on 15th October
Career Zoo on 15th October will have approximately 50 employers in attendance, including financial services and biopharma companies, in addition to tech-industry leaders. 

The line-up will include panel discussions focused on topics such as future tech, cyber security, FinTech, big data and BioTech.  There will also be coding workshops, hacks, and a series of talks on promoting diversity in tech. 

The sponsors for October’s Career Zoo are: Bank of Ireland, BMS, Enterprise Ireland, EY and Pramerica.  Admission to the event is free.  To register, go