The mood of the market has lightened since the dark days of 2009. In December of that year, our survey of central Iowa IT professionals showed nearly two-thirds of the market felt their job security was threatened by the existing economic climate. In our most recent survey, 60 percent say the economy is no threat to their job and the majority give a thumbs up to the local IT job market.
Other insights acquired through the survey: Half of those surveyed say their company is hiring; a small percentage (6%) of IT pros taking new jobs are receiving signing bonuses and the same percentage of IT pros who receive of a job offer but stay with their current company are receiving retention bonuses.
One assumption we made going into this survey was that IT professionals are more entrepreneurial than people who work in other professions. 26 percent say they have a second source of income other than their primary job. You can see a breakdown of that source in the Infographic. A new LinkedIn study shows that the most entrepreneurial majors are technology-related (computer engineering and computer science rank one and two).
Other comparisons between this survey and our 2009 survey: The percentage of IT pros who say their company is hiring has increased 15 percent from 2009 (to 50 percent); one third of the respondents say they're looking for a new job compared to 51 percent in 2009.