According to the Abrivia 2017 Salary Survey and Economic Commentary, in collaboration with Trinity College, Dublin, the number one reason ICT employees left their last job was a lack of career advancement opportunities (25%).
The second biggest motivator according to employees was unhappiness with organisational culture (17%), followed by dissatisfaction with management (15%). Interestingly, pay came in at 4th place as a reason for leaving (14%).
In the ICT sector employers exaggerate the main reason why people leave, with 35% of employers citing the lack of career advancement opportunities as the main factor in regards driving employee turnover. This compares to only 25% of employees citing career advancement opportunities as the main reason. This makes sense as “lack of career advancement opportunities” will not ruffle too many feathers in an exit interview.
However, employers in the ICT sector are in tune with employees in regards the importance of organisational culture in ICT organisations with 16% of employers citing this as a main motivator to leave. Whereas in reality, 17% of employees gave “unhappiness with organisational culture” as the main reason which drove their last move. Employers are also in tune (even exaggerating it slightly!) with the effect of dissatisfaction with management on motivating people to leave with 16% of employers citing this as the main reason whereas 15% of employees cited this as the main reason.
Employers slightly overplay the importance of the pay factor in regards employee turnover. 16% of employers cited this as the main factor whereas 14% of employees cited pay as a major reason for driving their last move.
Finally, 12% of ICT employees cited work not being challenging enough as the main reason in driving their last move whereas only 8% of employers think the same. The only other sectors which comes close to challenging work being an important factor in driving people to leave their job are the Accounting and Marketing sectors.
On the whole, it appears that employers are well tuned in with employees, but it is very interesting that dissatisfaction with management is slightly exaggerated on the employer side. This could be interpreted that many ICT employees are not afraid to speak their mind!
“From my perspective here in Abrivia, I would have to agree with the findings and cite career advancement and the culture as being the main contributors to employees wanting to leave their role. Adding to that, I have found that a large volume of ICT candidates especially from the infrastructure sector, wanted to move on due to lack of ownership in their duties.
It would seem to me anyway that having a role with a lot of scope and variety in terms of BAU tasks and project-related activities is important for ICT candidates within the infrastructure field. Roles with narrow responsibilities and duties really do run the risk of high turnover rates.”
Andrew Meehan, MBS, BA, CIPD. | Principal Recruitment Lead: IT Infrastructure