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Skilled IT workers head abroad in hunt for better pay

Simon Quicke

Better quality jobs and better pay are causing IT workers to consider leaving the UK to head to other shores.

The findings of the latest search of job candidates by the IT Job Board has shown that two thirds would work abroad driven by the better quality of jobs, higher earning potential and a desire to experience other cultures.

Only 32% of those quizzed said that they were not considering a move outside the UK with the remaining two thirds happy to pack their CVs and passports and head for the airport.

Alex Farrell, managing director of the IT Job Board, said that the findings were alarming because it indicated their could be a serious brain drain impacting the technology skills marketplace.

"If this boils down to the quality of the jobs on offer in the UK, or low salaries, then companies need to work hard to improve their offering, in order to attract and retain staff," he said.

"At a time when we are suffering an IT skills shortage, we cannot afford to lose key talent," he added.


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