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Factors affecting job satisfaction in IT: Our CIO readers weigh in

Salary is only one of the factors affecting job satisfaction, SearchCIO readers say. So why else are CIOs staying put? It's the recession, stupid.

In a recent SearchCIO story based on TechTarget's IT Salary Survey 2012, we talked about salary not always being a primary factor affecting job satisfaction. The top three reasons senior IT executives decided to stay at their jobs in 2012? Their job was intellectually challenging, they enjoyed the working environment and co-workers, and they had a flexible work schedule.

Digging down into the accompanying poll and the comments section of the article told a somewhat different story. Nearly 41% of poll respondents, when asked about the factors affecting job satisfaction and why they stay in their current job, said it was due to the recession. As one commenter put it:

"The job market is pretty dismal and forced a lot of people to take a pay cut and hold on to their not-so-satisfied jobs."

And another:

"Recession is the only reason. That's why I am staying in my job."

And another:

"Not many open jobs."

Here's what else SearchCIO readers had to say about job satisfaction factors, annoying colleagues and their reasons for not leaving their current jobs:

Recession is the only reason. That's why I am staying in my job.
  • "I like what I come to do each morning. I wake up and the management lets one get involved and run with projects. It may not come with a competitive package, which all of us are looking for, but the challenge is the thrill that makes you wake up each morning and do what you have to do."
  • "If you have a great manager and [the] right team, there is little reason to shift."
  • "I am a senior vice president, but I am required to get every single purchase approved, in writing, by the CFO. Not servers or computers ... cables, supplies, things costing less than 25 bucks sometimes. Ugh."
  • "Company environment is most important. Most of my life's hour goes there."
  • "I'm staying for company-paid training and pension program (on top of 401(k) and stock ownership). Salary is probably 75% of industry average."
  • "I am given the tools I need to do my job. My salary is near the bottom as compared to private industry, but I am able to save money for the citizens of California."
  • "I enjoy the working environment, so that keeps me at my current job. I just wish I had more training to learn new things."

Others placed the blame solely on themselves for not seeking new employment: "I would like to see another [poll] option called 'too lazy to look for another job.'"

But many had a more positive tone, pointing to opportunities such as career advancement, enjoying not knowing what challenges they'll face day-in and day-out and the opportunity to mentor others.

So what's keeping you in your current job, or are you actively seeking new employment?

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Would you be seeking a new position if the economy were better?