The average IT worker spends approximately 45 minutes a day looking for a new job.
This was revealed by Karen Geldenhuys, MD of Abacus Recruitment, who says it is an alarming statistic.
“There are a multitude of reasons for this, and one is that many workers are dissatisfied at work, while others are always looking for something better.”
She points out that the research conducted by the company was focused on IT workers as the recruitment agency focuses on the IT sector.
According to research by Abacus Recruitment the peak call times for job hunting are between 9:00 and 10:00 in the morning and 12:00 and 13:00 in the afternoon.
“Our research mirrors data from UK-based online website, Recruitment Consultant," says Geldenhuys. "The study by Recruitment Consulting revealed that UK job seekers are costing UK businesses 7-billion pounds in lost productivity every week. An average of 45 minutes scouring job adverts every day translates to an average of five working days lost every year.
“Our own research revealed similar data – and it reflects a similar amount of down-time due to job seeking during working hours.
“There is a severe skills shortage in the IT industry and this situation is not going to get better in the medium-term. This means that good IT personnel are in high demand and are able to snap up new, and better, job offers on a regular basis.
"The latest research shows that the average IT worker only stays at one company for an average of up to 18 months," she adds.
“This is often due to the fact that IT projects are completed within this timeframe and the worker gets bored and wants to move onto the next challenge, as well as increasing his or her salary and furthering career opportunities. But loyalty in the IT industry is at a very low ebb, due to supply and demand dynamics.
“Companies need to find a way of encouraging staff to stay – and this cannot always be achieved by raising salaries and bonuses. Employers need to look at the overall work conditions, including looking at introducing crèches at the workplace for working mothers and allowing a certain amount of flexi-time for those workers who are disciplined and dedicated – or who can work extensively remotely and still conduct their day-to-day duties.
“But certainly, if the average workers spends 45 minutes a day looking for a new job, something is seriously wrong. It must also be remembered that top workers will always be in demand. It is the top-level workers that want to continually enhance their careers – and these are the personnel that companies cannot afford to lose.”