68% of U.S. candidates prioritize career development and growth opportunities.

Career Development in the Spotlight

Successful employers must provide a clear path to career development by offering career opportunities, meaningful work, advancing employees from within, and employing managers who are committed to developing talent from within. Globally, 46% of candidates identified career development as a top consideration in a new opportunity.

The desire for clear career opportunities was echoed in a similar study by LinkedIn, which found that the main reason that tech professionals join an organization and the reason they leave are the same: career opportunity. LinkedIn found that 45% of candidates had left a job because of a lack of opportunity and 59% joined because a new position offered a stronger career path.

68% of U.S. candidates prioritize career development and growth opportunities.

19% of candidates have placed more focus on career development in the past 12 months.

Candidates believe they can afford to wait if these opportunities are not included in an offer of employment. 66% of permanent employees and 60% of contract staff globally believe that demand for IT skills will grow in the coming months. The hiring pool will shift accordingly.

Demand for career development opportunities reflects a positive view of IT careers, with U.S. respondents to our survey describing them as innovative, exciting, important, appealing, fascinating, meaningful, and diverse.

Changes candidates will consider when searching for a role

Answer

Responses

% of total

Career development/growth opportunities

583

47%

Considering different industries

520

42%

Alternative specialties

345

28%

Considering more locations

338

27%

Different career path

211

17%

Shifting from contract to permanent

166

14%

Shifting from permanent to contract

116

10%

How candidates think demand in their industry will change in the next 6-12 months

Answer

Responses

% of total

Increase

827

65%

Stay at the same level

308

25%

Unsure

100

8%

Decrease

43

4%

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