Niamh Cray, Auxilion

IT leaders taking short-term view of career progression

Auxilion survey shows 35-44 year-olds most likely to emigrate
Niamh Cray, Auxilion

11 April 2024

A new survey from Auxilion, supported by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has found that just over a quarter (28%) of IT decision-makers in Ireland changed job in 2023, with more than a third (34%) planning to do so within the next one to two years.

The research carried out by Censuswide found that those aged 25-34 were most likely to change jobs during this time, with 37% of this age group currently planning a move.

In terms of industry breakdown, some 69% of IT leaders working in the HR sector were planning to find a new role, followed by those in finance (39%), and manufacturing & utilities (36%).




A third of respondents had interviewed for a new job over the last six months and 41% had been approached by a recruiter during that time.  

As for what’s driving this trend, 29% of IT leaders said they were intending to emigrate, a figure that increased to 34% in the 25-34 cohort.

Overall, 43% of respondents are planning to leave their current job as there are not enough growth opportunities within their organisation. Meanwhile, 36% said they were doing so because they needed a new challenge.

Almost half (49%) went one step further, saying they would retrain in a new career or profession if there were no barriers (such as money, mortgage, family commitments). The 35-44 group was most open to this (61%), followed by 25 to 34-year-olds (45%).

When it comes to finding new roles, some 84% of IT leaders had used a recruitment agency, with 62% planning to rely on same for securing their next role. The same proportion (62%) had done contractor work and 72% would be open to same.

IT decision-makers also see the benefits of outsourcing work to contractors, with the most cited benefits found to be more flexibility and accessibility to more skills.

Similar to those individuals looking for new roles, it seems organisations are also open to alternative approaches when it comes to finding new talent, with 74% of organisations having a graduate programme and a similar number (70%) offering apprenticeships.

Niamh Cray, chief people officer, Auxilion, said: “All of this movement creates huge demand and pressure on organisations. Such gaps also have a wider impact in terms of their ability to maintain operations, complete projects and deliver services.

“That’s why businesses should adopt a blended approach when it comes to talent, incorporating contractors and resourcing partners. With better planning and more flexibility, organisations can easily plug any skills gaps that arise and avoid a resourcing crisis.

“A more collaborative and agile approach also enables companies to scale their competencies as and when needed. In turn, this can create more opportunities and support business growth in the long term.”

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