33% of IT Pros are worried about their job futures, finds IT Pro Day Survey

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IT management software provider SolarWinds published the results of its new survey examining the state of the technology job market in the midst of industry-wide labor shortages and hiring challenges. Released on IT Pro Day, the survey found that despite a potential economic downturn, over two-thirds of tech and IT professionals surveyed said that they are completely confident in their career choices. However, as millions of employees leave or change jobs with the great resignation, only half of survey respondents felt their companies have been adequately staffed in recent years.

To combat these staffing issues and recruit during a tight labor market, 59% of respondents said that their company is offering flexibility in hours and work location. 33% said their employer has increased pay. Upon being asked what’s most important to them in their careers, IT pros ranked salary and work-life balance highest.

Key IT Pro Day survey findings

  • 67% of IT pros surveyed say they’re completely confident about their career choice, even during a potential economic downturn.
  • 33% say they are at least a little worried about their job futures.
  • 22% began a new job within the last year, while 51% percent said they would have at least considered doing so.
  • 34% of those who changed positions loved their new job. 15% were not happy with their new position, while 54% found their new role the same as previous one.
  • IT pros ranked pay and work-life balance at the top when asked to rank what’s most important to them in their careers.
  • 31% of respondents say they don’t feel fairly compensated in their role, while 4% believe they’re overpaid.
  • When asked whether their companies had been staffed appropriately over the last two years, 50% said they feel like they’re doing two jobs while the other 50% said their company is staffed adequately.
  • 46% of respondents say their company has either slowed or frozen hiring amid a potential economic slowdown.

“The new SolarWinds survey makes clear IT and technology sectors haven’t been immune to the staffing challenges posed by the ‘great resignation’ and pandemic,” said SolarWinds Head Geek™ Thomas LaRock. “This is particularly challenging for IT teams because they’re not only feeling understaffed but also are expected to do more with less as network environments become increasingly complicated. Remote work and hybrid and multi-cloud environments have made it extremely difficult to keep networks—and businesses—running smoothly but these IT pros show up every day to get the job done.”

IT Pro Day Awards

In its third year of recognizing IT pros, SolarWinds is also announcing the winners of this year’s IT Pro Day Awards. Though the work of IT professionals is important to the success and continued operation of each and every organization, their efforts are often unnoticed. Each of the honorees has shown dedication to their role and excellence in their profession despite increased workloads, the challenges posed by remote work, and the fast implementation of new tools and technologies.

SolarWinds 2022 IT Pro Day Award Winners are:

Rookie of the Year: Name: Sebastian Gonzalez (United States) — Sebastian works at Rock Energy Systems in Wisconsin. He will graduate this year with a Bachelor’s Degree in Data Analytics and Data Management from Western Governors University. Though he has been with Rock Energy only for nine months, Sebastian was able to make an immediate impact on the team. He quickly developed his technical and professional skills while gaining extensive hands-on experience in the field. Sebastian is eager to apply his growing knowledge to new scenarios and use cases as he continues his career in IT.

Rockstar of the Year: Tim Techathuvanan (United States) — Tim has been programming professionally since a teenager. He took an off of a few years to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin before he returned to programming as a quantitative analyst for a hedge fund. After a few years at the SEC and another chance in finance, he retired from that career and started a new one automating IT administration. He is currently automating virtual server management for the National Institutes of Health and learning new things every day.

IT Mentor of the Year: Zia Ur Rehman (Pakistan) — Zia Ur Rehman is a tech enthusiast and an entrepreneur with multiple startups. He is on the path to becoming a tech industry veteran. He began this journey with Cleodora – a tech startup. He has mentored multiple ventures on the way and made his mark as the CEO of ‘CodesOrbit’. He is currently occupied in transforming the world with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning as the Co-Founder of “RevolveAI. He has 10 years of experience in “ideapreneurship” with a desire to bring innovation. Zia passionately engages with young minds and mentors them toward leadership.

Trailblazer Award: Damstra Insights team (Australia, India, and the Philippines) — The Damstra Insights team is a customer-focused engineering team. It knows the transformative power that a business gets when its vast stores of data are unlocked, and actionable insights are revealed. The team comprises data engineers, BI analysts, product managers, and QA experts.

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