IT pros can’t get no satisfaction

Despite a high rate of pay, IT professionals ranked 66th out of 81 occupations in job satisfaction survey by the University of Bath.

IT pros can't get no satisfaction

Despite being paid more than many other jobs, IT professionals have a low job satisfaction rating, according to research by the University of Bath.

The standings, based on a Department of Trade and Industry survey of 22,500 British workers, found that teachers and managers were near the top of the 81 occupations in the table, while IT pros are stuck in 66th place.

According to the survey, one in 10 ICT professionals earn over £45,000 annually – well above the £40,000 mark which usually signals high job satisfaction.

“Individual job satisfaction is made up of a range of factors including material rewards, such as pay and conditions of employment, and symbolic rewards, such as prestige,” says the University of Bath’s Professor Michael Rose from the University of Bath, who carried out the research. “It is also influenced by psychological rewards, such as being able to express creativity, and social rewards, such as having a supportive colleague network,” he adds.

“ICT professionals emerge from the survey less satisfied with involvement, sense of achievement, job security and training provided,” says Rose.

The study ranked corporate managers and senior officials at the top of the table, followed by hairdressers and beauty therapists. Teachers jumped from 55th the last time the study was completed in 1999 to 11th this year. Journalists were in 50th place.

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