New research by online recruitment specialist, www.theitjobboard.com, shows that a quarter (25.4 percent) of IT professionals have turned down a job offer because the position did not offer flexible working. In addition, although nearly all (93.2 percent) of IT professionals would like the option to work flexible hours, almost half (47.1 percent) thought a request for such a scheme would be refused by their employer while 10.3 percent feared that it would label them a troublemaker.
Following these results www.theitjobboard.com has warned companies that they will be hit hard by the impending IT skills crisis if they do not review their staff retention policies. It is offering guidance with a free white paper, ‘Effective Retention Strategies for IT Professionals’ available from their web site.
Ray Duggins, managing director of www.theitjobboard.com, explains: “With an impending skills crisis in the IT sector, employers have no option but to ensure they are going the extra mile to retain high-calibre candidates and that starts with an attractive recruitment package. Failure to focus on this aspect will severely damage their business offering. Our research shows that flexible working is clearly highly valued by current staff and potential candidates companies that take this issue seriously will reap the rewards.”