IT professionals treated worse than other workers

A large percentage of IT professionals believe they are treated worse than employees in other departments, a new survey from specialist IT recruitment consultancy IntaPeople has revealed.

When asked for their views on the treatment of IT departments in comparison to other parts of the business, 48% of respondents said that it was ‘slightly worse’ or ‘much worse’. Only 14% thought that they were treated better than their peers.

Phil Handley, operations director at IntaPeople, said that employers should take stock of the findings if they are to avoid losing key IT staff in the future:

“Many IT professionals clearly feel they are not receiving the same treatment as their colleagues. It is not unusual for incentives to be focused mainly around the sales team, but it is just as important that firms recognise and reward the contribution of those supporting this function.

“It is all too easy to overlook the significance of some of the day-to-day duties carried out by IT staff, and unfortunately their true value is often only realised after they have left.”

The survey, which gathered the thoughts of 200 UK-based IT professionals in October, also quizzed employees on the conditions most likely to make them consider leaving their job.

38% of respondents said that poor management was most likely to prompt them to leave their position, while 20% said that it would be a low salary.

18% said they would change jobs if their role was not what they had initially expected, and 17% said they would do the same if there was little chance of progression.

“Another gripe that IT professionals often have is that their bosses are unwilling to upgrade their systems in line with the latest technologies,” Handley added.

“IT workers are ever mindful that they operate within a fast-moving industry, and would therefore prefer to join a company that allows them to improve their skills and work with up-to-date systems, as opposed to using older technologies that are unsupported and could severely limit their potential.”

Most of the respondents were quietly optimistic about the IT jobs market over the coming 12 months. Despite 27% saying that there would be ‘no difference’ over this time, 34% were of the belief that it will ‘improve slightly’.

IntaPeople has released a white paper called ‘Retaining your IT staff’, which discusses the research in extra detail. The PDF is accessible from the following location:

Steven Florey, Marketing Executive (

IntaPeople, 2nd Floor, Longcross Court, 47 Newport Road,

Cardiff, CF24 0AD, UK


T: +44 (0) 2920 252 500

Launched in 1994, IntaPeople is one of the UK's leading independent specialist recruitment consultancies, providing permanent and contract staffing solutions throughout the UK, Europe and Middle East. As well as helping to place thousands of IT professionals, IntaPeople also provides key staff members to engineering, law, and environmental firms.