IT pros want job security not high-fives

A survey conducted by IT research firm Gartner earlier this year pinpointed the staffing conundrum facing CIOs today:It’s hard to reward and retain key IT staff who weren’t laid off from their organizations when there’s no money in the IT budget for raises.

Technology professionals polled by IT job board in July have a clear solution to that problem. When asked what companies could offer in lieu of a salary increase to reward and motivate them, the 431 IT professionals who took the survey indicated that they want their employers to give them a sense of stability in a volatile economy or more flexibility.

More from IT World Canada – Tips on how to avoid getting laid off


Survey respondents were asked to choose which one of four reward and recognition options was most important to them: 1) a guarantee of job security, 2) company-funded training and certification classes, 3) flexible work hours or 4) C-level recognition.

Slightly more than one-third (35 per cent) selected job security as their number one choice. Company-funded training and certification classes and flexible work hours ran a close second and third, respectively, with 32 per cent and 31 per cent of the votes. Few IT professionals care about a high-five from the CIO, it seems. Just two per cent of respondents (the suck-ups) said C-level recognition was most important to them. CMO Tom Silver says he wasn’t surprised by the survey results.

“Everyone loves a pat on the back, but relative to the other choices, particularly in a tough market, people are more interested in tangible rewards,” he says.

A guarantee of job security, which will keep food on the table and debt collectors off an IT worker’s back, or company-sponsored training demonstrate very clearly a company’s commitment to its employees and the employees’ value to the company.


More from IT World Canada Find the best IT jobs in Canada

Company sponsored training, in particular, sends the message to employees that even though the employer can’t give them more money via their paychecks, they’re at least willing to invest in their employees via training, says Silver.

Training may also be the best solution to IT leaders’ staffing challenges. Says Silver, “They realize they can not go out and hire more people. Therefore, they have to make the most of the technology professionals they have. Investing in their current employees is by far the most efficient way to go.”

Follow me on Twitter@meridith.

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Featured Articles

Empowering the hybrid workforce: how technology can build a better employee experience

Across the country, employees from organizations of all sizes expect flexibility...

What’s behind the best customer experience: How to make it real for your business

The best customer experience – the kind that builds businesses and...

Overcoming the obstacles to optimized operations

Network-driven optimization is a top priority for many Canadian business leaders...

Thriving amid Canada’s tech talent shortage

With today’s tight labour market, rising customer demands, fast-evolving cyber threats...

Staying protected and compliant in an evolving IT landscape

Canadian businesses have changed remarkably and quickly over the last few...

Related Tech News

Tech Jobs

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.

Tech Companies Hiring Right Now