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Why Do So Many IT Workers Want To Get Out Of Oz?

Technology recruiter Greythorn recently released its Market Insights & Compensation Overview for Australia, and the findings were very interesting. Looking at technology recruitment across the country, it showed a workforce not long in their current position, and seemingly happy, but more than willing to jump ship.

Just under 1800 people took the survey. A shade under half have been in their jobs less than a year, showing that hiring is actually doing well. Most are satisfied, feel their job is secure and would recommend their employer. Yet despite this, 43% are actively looking for a job while another  50% are ‘keeping an eye on the market’. 46% would relocate for the right job, most to either North America or Europe.

So why are so many looking to get away from Oz?

Job security doesn’t seem to be a major issue; only a third feel threatened by skilled workers coming into the country, while the vast majority (80%) aren’t worried about losing their job to outsourcing.

Optimism over the economy may be a factor - just over 50% were either indifferent or pessimistic about the future of the economy over the next 12 months, while 46% feel there are less jobs, a higher percentage than last year.

So is Australia doomed if everyone clicks their heels and buggers off? Probably not - 64% feel there are enough graduates to meet demand, so there should be no danger of a skills shortage anytime soon.

The workers themselves value work flexibility and on the job training, and Cloud computing is seen as the most valuable skill set. Although people thought experience counted more than qualifications, it was actually who you know, not what you know, that mattered most.

Other highlights include:

-          85% agree with the statement “I would turn down a job offer if I thought the company was unethical”, yet only 1/4 feel carbon footprint or charity support was important in any way.

-          Only 12% engage in a BYOD scheme, while a third were part of a virtual team.

By Dan Swinhoe, Editorial Assistant, IDG Connect

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Dan is a journalist at CSO Online. Previously he was Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect.

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