Nearly half of IT pros will search for new job in 2017, survey shows

Some 45 percent of information technology professionals intend to search for or accept a new position in 2017, according to a survey by IT company Spiceworks. 

More than one third of workers said they were going to start their job search next year, while 26 percent said they would accept a position at a new company in 2017. 

Though 61 percent of IT professionals responded that they feel appreciated by their current employer, many workers are itching for a change. The top reason survey respondents gave for moving to a new job was to advance their IT skills, with 69 percent citing this as their primary motivation. 

Salary was also a major motivation for finding a new job, with 64 percent of IT professionals saying they were looking for a new position to receive a more competitive salary. The majority of IT workers surveyed believed their pay was insufficient, with 59 percent responding that they are paid below their value. Nearly half the professionals surveyed said they predict they would receive a raise of less than 5 percent from their current employer. 

Some 95 percent of survey respondents said that cybersecurity was the most important IT skill to learn in 2017. While Lloyd's Bank estimated that globally, dealing with cyberattacks is expected to jump from $400 billion in 2015 to $2.1 trillion by 2019, a Cisco report found that only 29 percent of small- to medium-sized businesses use basic IT security tools, The Motley Fool noted. 

Some 45 percent of IT professionals intend to begin searching for or accept a new position in 2017, according to a survey by information technology company Spiceworks.