In a press release by Mondo, a tech recruiting company it was reported that around 60% of IT security professionals are looking to quit their current jobs. The main reason mentioned by the IT professionals who wished to quit their jobs was job dissatisfaction and the lack of growth opportunities within their companies.
A survey was conducted and data from more than 9,000 IT security professionals were collected and decision-makers in the enterprise. This survey helps the business to have a better perception about how to retain and support their current employee talent.
Some of the other major reasons for employees to quit include unhealthy work environments (53%), absence of IT security prioritization from executives or upper management (46%), unclear job expectations (37%), and lack of mentorship (30%).
It is critical to get techies from upper management for security efforts as only 38% of CEOs are really engaged in cybersecurity. This low engagement indicates that the executives give less priority to priority to cybersecurity when compared to other factors of business. This validates the reason for the dissatisfaction of the IT professionals.
CEO of Mondo, Tim Johnson reported in the press release that “In 2018, IT security experts are some of the most in-demand IT professionals given the increased risk of cyberattacks, making it a candidate-driven market. Because of the extremely competitive job market and the current talent shortage, it’s important for employers to be aware of the specific needs of these professionals to help attract and retain them.”
The companies must take some initiatives to retain their IT security experts by providing better incentives of benefits. Some of the measures that can be taken include providing a better work-life balance (67%), taking their security concerns seriously (55%), and offering more certifications/courses (48%).
The release also stated that as for job satisfaction, respondents wanted an increased investment in new tech (34%), as well as CISO leadership or defined ownership of security needs (31%).