Employers face Et tu Brutae scenario as jobs become more specialised
- 15 June, 1999 13:05
According to a survey conducted by Internet recruitment company Top Jobs on the Net, over 60 per cent of employees don't intend to stay with their current employer for more than two years - with over half this figure planning to stay in their current positions for less than 12 months.
The survey targeted a cross section of age groups and occupational backgrounds assessing subjects' attitudes towards employment and the workplace; with approximately 20 per cent of respondents coming from IT backgrounds said Graham Sharp Paul, managing director of Top Jobs on the Net.
The findings show a staggering 57 per cent of people surveyed are unsure of their current career choice, and uncertain of staying in their current position and industry.
"With more positions vacant than skills available, we are increasingly experiencing a buyers market, where employees will move between positions more regularly to secure new promotions, better remuneration, rewards and incentives," said Sharp Paul.
Sharp Paul claims one of the big employment issues, particularly in the IT industry, is that the current rate of technology advancement is so fast that jobs are becoming increasingly specialised.
"How much more specific can jobs get?" asks Sharp Paul. "People are responding to this industry trend and are keeping an open mind as to where the opportunities lie in the future - they just want to do the best for themselves."
"Clearly, salary is a contributing factor in retaining qualified staff, but perhaps equally important is the need to keep employees motivated through work based learning," he said.
As a result, employees are demanding more training and development from their employers, with over 50 per cent surveyed claiming they where unhappy with the level of training and on the job development made available.
"The feedback we are getting is that if you are not training your staff, they are probably looking for an employer who will," he said.