Among tech workers who anticipate changing employers in 2014, 68 percent listed more compensation as their reason for leaving, according to a recent Dice.com survey of 17,236 tech professionals.
In addition, 48 percent of respondents cited improved working conditions, 35 percent cited more responsibility, and 20 percent cited the possibility of losing their job, the survey found.
Fifty-four percent of those surveyed were not content with their compensation, a figure that is down from the 57 percent of respondents who were unhappy with their pay in the 2012 survey. The decrease in salary satisfaction could mean that companies will face IT staff retention challenges this year.
The dissatisfaction over pay comes despite the fact that the average tech salary rose 2.6 percent in 2013. Tech professionals with big data backgrounds had some of the highest salaries in 2013, based on the survey. Other popular tech sector skills include Objective C, the Omnigraffle tool, project management, development operations using the Jenkins tool, and cloud computing.
Tech jobs in Silicon Valley paid the highest salaries in any U.S. metropolitan area, while Washington D.C. ranked second, followed by Los Angeles, Seattle, and Boston.
From IDG News Service
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