IT Professionals Expected to Work Longer Hours for No Extra Pay

Turlach McAlister of Clarion Resourcing today reveals important IT employment trends.

Turlach McAlister, resourcing services manager, Clarion Resourcing

Survey of IT employment market finds:

  • 61 per cent of IT professionals are expected to work longer hours for no extra pay
  • Career progression has marginally overtaken salary expectation as the single biggest motivation for job change
  • 53 per cent have taken a pay cut in the last year
  • Just 12 per cent understand the EU Directive on temporary agency workers

Dublin, Friday, 2nd November 2011: IT professionals are expected to work overtime for no extra pay, according to research conducted by specialist IT recruitment firm, Clarion Resourcing.  61 per cent of those questioned in an IT employment survey said employers expect them to work longer than their contracted hours for no extra pay while 53 per cent confirmed that their salary has been cut in the last 12 months.  However, career progression has marginally overtaken salary expectation as the single biggest motivating factor in moving jobs, as cited by 29 per cent of respondents.  26 per cent of respondents said they were motivated by a better salary or daily rate.

Confusion abounds in relation to the EU’s Agency Worker Directive, due to come into force here in December.  55 per cent admitted they were not aware of its implications and one third only had a “vague” understanding of the impending legislation, whereby temporary agency workers are entitled to equal treatment with regular workers in respect of certain employment rights including working hours, annual leave and pay.

The IT employment market survey was conducted online during October 2011 and canvassed the opinions of over 1,000 randomly-selected IT professionals from Clarion Resourcing’s permanent and contract career panel.  It paints a picture of an IT industry, which is pushing for greater productivity gains from existing staff but where opportunities still exist for new IT recruits.  31 per cent of respondents said that their employer will be hiring in the coming 12 months.

Commenting on the survey, Turlach McAlister, resourcing services manager with Clarion Resourcing says:  “The reality is that employers are pushing staff to deliver more.  However, employees are now thinking far more strategically about their chosen career path, willing to sacrifice short-term gain for the sake of longer-term, sustainable career success. In fact, almost one quarter had interviewed for four or more roles before securing a position, indicating they will only move when there is a close fit with their career expectations.  With 60 per cent of respondents preferring to use recruitment agencies as a channel to market, they are increasingly turning to companies such as Clarion Resourcing to find appropriate opportunities and assist with strategic thinking,” he adds.

Recruitment Agency Rating

Opinion is very much split on the quality of the recruitment experience through agencies.  40 per cent of IT professionals have had their salary expectations misrepresented to a prospective employer by a recruitment agency and in 36 per cent of cases, a CV was submitted to an employer without the candidate’s permission.  51 per cent of professionals said that agencies were either “poor” or “very poor” in helping them with interview preparation and coaching and 39 per cent cited a similar rating in relation to agencies’ ability to identify suitable career opportunities.  Just 17 per cent of respondents said that agencies were either “good” or “very good” in understanding their career aspirations, highlighting a significant disconnect between candidates and recruiters.

“Frankly, we were surprised by the high level of agency dissatisfaction,” says Turlach McAlister.  “Serious issues arise in relation to the confidentiality and integrity of the recruitment process and it’s clear that trust is a major issue between candidate and recruiter.  At Clarion Resourcing, our vision has always been to provide candidates with the level of service we would expect if we were job hunting. We operate to a candidate charter, treating our candidates with the same level of professionalism that we would personally expect,” he adds.

The charter outlines every step of the recruitment process and clearly explains the roles and responsibilities of each party together with expected service levels.  “This certainly helps to prevent a mismatch in terms of service level expectations between us and the candidate,” McAlister concludes.


Recruitment Experience and Preparation

The survey also highlights interesting trends in the primary channels used by candidates to seek out new opportunities.  Online resources such as recruitment websites are used by 21 per cent of respondents while general internet searches and social media were cited as the primary tool by 16 per cent of candidates.  Word of mouth remains popular with 17 per cent citing it as the key channel to find opportunities.  “Traditional advertising media such as press, radio and outdoor just don’t feature as highly as we would have expected,” suggests McAlister.  “For example, just 5 per cent use press advertising and less than that again for career fairs and expos.  This obviously has implications for marketing planning and advertising spend into the future,” he adds.

Data also suggests that candidates are not preparing as well as they can for interviews.  For example, just one quarter get external help with CV preparation and one fifth don’t prepare competency-type questions for the interview process.  60 per cent never practice interview techniques with a friend or colleague.

Copies of the accompanying report into the IT employment market are available on request from



On December 2nd, 2011, posted in: News by
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