Published: February 28th, 2006

IT workers who don’t feel they’re getting the training from their employers needed to do their jobs are more likely to be looking for new jobs, according to a recent survey by The Computing Technology Industry Association, which was undertaken to better identify how IT professionals are being trained.

If their employer isn’t supporting them at all in their training, 56 percent of the 462 IT workers surveyed said they were going to look for employment elsewhere, while only about one in three said that they were going to stay put. By contrast, about two of three employees who are fully reimbursed for their training by their companies said they are not looking for new jobs, and only 22 percent said they are looking elsewhere.

“The survey highlighted that a lot of the IT professionals pay for their own training,” said Neill Hopkins, vice president of skills development at CompTIA. “Clearly, the employers don’t seem to have good career paths planned for the IT professionals. And a lot of these IT professionals are furthering their training to advance their careers in order to find other jobs. They’re job hopping.”

Hopkins said that there is a clear lack of understanding among employers about what an IT professional needs from a skills perspective in order to be successful. “Those that do understand will gladly pay for that person to go and get trained, and subsequently that professional, according to our research, will most likely stay with that company,” he said.