Some 48% of the 536 employed tech pros surveyed say they'll launch a job search in the coming months, up from the 39% who indicated as much in the fourth quarter of 2005. This finding was gleaned from a larger survey of 8,532 employed U.S. adults commissioned by staffing firm Spherion.
Only 36% of the overall U.S. workforce plan to make a move. "Tech workers tend to make job changes more frequently than other workers," Spherion senior VP Brendan Courtney says. "They tend to be more mercenary, looking for more money, better work-life balance, working with new technologies."
The improved IT employment market--the latest Labor Department stats show that U.S. tech employment reached a record high of 3.472 million in March--has IT pros ready to test the waters.
Other industry surveys confirm the trend. In a salary survey of 5,456 IT professionals conducted this spring by InformationWeek Research, 41% of IT staff and 37% of IT managers admitted to being somewhat active or active in looking for a new job.
The InformationWeek survey found that IT managers are looking for higher compensation, a better corporate culture or management, and more personal fulfillment. Similarly, IT staffers want higher pay, more interesting work, and a better work environment.
In-demand skills? Automated inventory management, forecasting, and replenishment systems, as well as business analysis and project management, according to several IT staffing firms. Time to polish up the resumé--or start girding for a talent war.