50.6 is the official IT Employee Confidence Index score, down a significant 7.6 points from the second quarter this year.
Technology professionals are not brimming with confidence these days; instead, they have lower expectations about the economy and their own job security than they did just months ago, according to the quarterly Technisource IT Employment Report. Conducted by Harris Interactive, the survey indicates that only a small minority of IT workers believe the economy is getting stronger, and most IT employees say there are fewer jobs available now than in the recent past. The news isn't entirely bleak, as some tech workers are expressing confidence in the future of their current employer and their ability to find a new job; these and other results often vary according to gender and age. Also, more workers than ever say they are ready to look for another job. “This should serve as a warning to employers that have forgone retention efforts over the last year,” says Michael Winwood, president of Technisource. “Doing so will likely hamper employer's ability to compete once the economy makes a full recovery." Nearly 190 tech workers took part in the survey.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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