Employees in the highest paid industry were dissatisfied with their work

BCG: 78 percent of Russian IT employees said they intend to change jobs 78 percent of Russians working in the digital industry are going to leave for another company in two to three years, and 43 percent of employees are already actively looking for a new job. These results were shown by a survey of the consulting company BCG, carried out in conjunction with the global alliance of recruiting sites The Network (hh.ru became a participant from Russia). The research data is at the disposal of Lenta.ru.

At the same time, the digital sphere in Russia remains the fastest growing and the highest paid.

The entire year of 2021 was marked by an explosive growth of IT vacancies – the annual growth rate is 75 percent, while there remains an acute shortage and shortage of IT personnel, resumes are growing an average of 5 percent.

Natalya DaninaDirector of the Department of Analytical Business Solutions, hh.ru

The study involved 10,000 digital workers from around the world. It turned out that trends in Russia coincide with global ones – 73 percent of respondents said they intend to move to a new position in the near future, and 40 are already considering other options.

Nowhere to grow

The main motive for finding a new job for Russian IT specialists was the lack of career prospects in their current place – 62 percent of respondents stated this problem. The majority of respondents from other countries (63 percent) answered the same way. One of the main incentives to change jobs for technology workers around the world was the search for new challenges and tasks (49 percent).

62 percent of Russian digital workers do not see career prospects at their current place of work

About half of respondents (48 percent) from Russia expect worsening working conditions, for example, lower wages, so they tend to leave for another company. Many are also unhappy with the systematic underestimation of their work at work (47 percent). As for the most attractive aspects of work, for Russian IT employees, high salaries and other types of financial compensation remain above all. The top 3 also includes learning opportunities and interesting challenges.

Global indicators here differ from Russian ones. According to the survey, global digital professionals value work-life balance the most. However, salaries and long-term incentives like stock options and options have become more important to them during the pandemic – this characteristic has risen from fifth to third place in the ranking compared with the results of the 2018 survey.

The majority of respondents (61 percent) also stated that issues of diversity, inclusion and the environment were important to them when choosing a place to work. Half of those surveyed would say no to a job if company policies do not align with their views on diversity and inclusion, and 48 percent will do the same if the firm's environmental policies are unsatisfactory. IT professionals from Russia are more indifferent to these aspects – only 23 and 20 percent of Russians consider them significant.

Better at home

Although the pandemic affected digital workers to a lesser extent than other representatives of the global labor market, by the end of 2020 76 percent of global IT workers have completely switched to telecommuting (in 2018, their share was 41 percent). Almost all respondents (95 percent) would like to maintain this format of employment, working from home at least one day a week, but only a quarter would agree to stay at home all week.

95 percent of the global IT professionals prefer jobs with the ability to work remotely

75 percent also highly value flexible hours and work at a convenient time for themselves. Russian respondents support the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčtelecommuting and flexible work more actively than others: 31 percent expressed a desire to work completely remotely, and 78 percent would like to have a fully or partially flexible employment format.

Fewer employees in the global digital sphere are ready to move to another country for the sake of a new job (since 2018 they have decreased by 12 percent), and more and more of them are ready to work remotely for a foreign employer (their share has reached 68 percent). The US, UK and Australia top the list of countries where the world's digital talent would like to find remote work. For Russians, working in a foreign company also turned out to be very attractive – this option would be preferred by 80 percent of those surveyed. At the same time, employers from the USA, Germany and Canada are most popular in Russia.