Almost half of ICT employers don't rate their staff

More than 87 per cent of ICT employers and employees are upbeat about their economic future, according to research from recruiting firm Hudson ICT.

But ICT employers say 45 per cent of their workforce are ‘not good’.

( Want to know how your salary compares? Want to know what you have to offer new employees? The Computerworld salary calculator uses data collected from over 350 Australian respondents.)

The Hudson ICT survey of 605 employers and 1690 employees also found 84 per cent of employers across Australia and New Zealand acknowledge making too many redundancies during the economic downturn.

"During the downturn many organisations 'cut the fat' but these results suggest that many also 'cut into the muscle'. Employers desperately need to bolster not only the size, but also the strength of their teams to bring their businesses back to a place where they can compete effectively in their markets and establish a solid foundation for sustainable, long-term growth," Hudson ICT national practice director, Martin Retschko, said in a statement.

In somewhat of a contrast, the recent Computerworld Australia 2010 Salary Survey found that depending on where you sit in the food chain, the titular global financial crisis (GFC) was either a God-send or a catastrophe. For the most part, however, it was apparent that in Australia the downturn we all felt during 2009 and early 2010 was a speed bump of sorts that slowed the market, but didn’t stop it.

Over the past year, workers said they had seen a significantly increased workload, despite a burgeoning growth of IT departments in Australian companies. More has been demanded of ICT workers and yet, for the most part, salaries haven't budged.

These are key concerns Australian workers are sharing with their colleagues in the US and UK, and yet there is a key difference: Australians are happy.

In fact, the overwhelming majority of those who took the salary survey said they weren't considering a move out of their current position, and even those whose workload had increased were definitive about staying where they were. Some continue to mull those hard decisions, while IT veterans look to leverage their experience in gaining a better job. But these people are still sticking with ICT.

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