Two thirds are happy with their work-life balance, claims a new survey from recruiter Randstad Technologies

IT staff are happier than the average worker

Those in the IT and Telecoms industry are happier than the average worker, claims a new survey, even though they work longer hours than most.

64 per cent of IT staff are happy with their work-life balance, compared to a national average of just 59 per cent. 

A survey of 2,000 employees by specialist recruiter Randstad Technologies also showed that those working in utilities (94 per cent) and insurance (90 per cent) were most happy with their work-life balance. Those least happy with their work-life balance were accountants (42 per cent).

Mike Beresford, managing director of Randstad Technologies said: “We know work-life balance isn’t just about pay – but we know there’s more to it than just hours as well.

"Social workers aren’t motivated by high salaries, while employees in construction, insurance and IT all work longer hours than the national average. It appears employees in these sectors find their work particularly rewarding. It may also have a lot to do with the blending of work and personal lives. 

"The IT & Telecoms sector is more buoyant than many other sectors, thanks in part to the 4G licensing boom. Many companies in the sector have experienced huge levels of growth and in some cases doubled the number of staff they require. The high demand for project managers and other specialist roles means that many tech professionals can command better rates than those working in other sectors. Additionally, the vast majority of tech staff are passionate about what they do and tend to focus on the bigger picture, rather than worrying about clocking up a few extra hours in order to get a job done.”

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