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3 in 4 UK tech workers dissatisfied at work

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83% of tech talent want to see a 4-day week introduced

Over three quarters of tech talent in the UK are unhappy in their current jobs and actively seeking out new roles, according to a new report. 

 The What Do Tech Talent Want in 2023 report, by hackajob, Europe’s biggest technology talent hub,  surveyed over 1,000 UK technology workers from developers and engineers, to data scientists, analysts and designers. According to the report, only 11% of UK tech talent are content to stay in their current role and there is a concerning disparity between what most UK employers are positioning as benefits and perks to attract and retain talent, and what talent actually want.  

  Key report findings: 

  • 77% of tech talent are unhappy with their roles and have looked for a new job in the past six months  
  • 20% of tech talent are ready to leave their jobs as soon as possible.  
  • After compensation, candidates are most attracted to a role and organisation by the overall culture (15%) and mission (13%)  
  • 44% said what they loved most about their employer was company culture followed by flexible/remote working (13%) 
  • 61% say remote working is the aspect tech talent enjoy most about their jobs, ranking above tech stack (34%), benefits (25%) and location (21%) 
  • The biggest work-related frustrations and challenges include salary (34%), lack of learning and development (32%) and not feeling valued (32%) 

  There is a lot more employers can do to attract, engage and retain tech talent; 

  • 83% of tech talent want to see a 4-day week introduced  
  • Working on their own terms is highly important to tech talent – remote working (61%), flexible working (57%) and location (21%) are amongst some of highest aspects to why they enjoy their current roles  

  Mark Chaffey, CEO and co-founder of hackajob, says: “Thanks to a global pandemic, a shaky economy and multiple layoffs, the report reveals a marked shift in technology industry attitudes towards job satisfaction. New priorities, new ways of working and changing relationships with work are leading to a brand new set of frustrations in the workplace. Employees want to be heard, recognised and valued. 

  “With former perks such as flexible working now being seen as the norm, many companies are seemingly struggling to figure out what the new era of benefits means for their business. The gap between what companies are offering, and what tech workers want is causing unrest at a time when there’s no shortage of alternative job openings out there.” 

Read the full ‘What Do Tech Talent Want In 2023’ report here 

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