What they want from you
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In March 2010, Michael Page Technology Australia conducted a survey of IT professionals across three age demographics: Generation-Y (born after 1981); Generation-X (born 1965–1980); and Baby Boomers (born 1946–1964). All IT skill sets were included in the sample to ensure a broad perspective. The survey was designed to give IT employers direction on the most effective ways — apart from salary increases — to retain existing intellectual property and attract new staff. About 74 per cent of IT candidates surveyed would leave their jobs in the next six months if offered the right combination of benefits; both financial and non-financial.
Gen-Y listed career progression and job security as the two most important non-financial factors in remaining in their jobs. They are equally as interested in gaining exposure to new technologies as they are in increasing their salaries.
Gen-X nominated workplace flexibility as the most important factor, followed closely by job security.
Baby Boomers said workplace flexibility and recognition for achievements were most important to them in their current work environment.
In the next six months, 46 per cent of all respondents are planning to ask their managers for an increase in salary or other non-financial benefits. Of this group, 38 per cent will ask for a salary increase, 26 per cent will ask for more responsibility or career progression and 20 per cent will seek for additional training and professional development.
You have been warned.
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