Seems like things are heating up in the IT job market here in the Northeast. In the last 30 days, I know of several people that have left stable, secure positions for more lucrative jobs. On the other hand, a Fortune 500 company in the area announced several IT development layoffs of which I personally knew two people who got "downsized".
The Computing Technology Industry Association recently conducted a survey that pointed out 60% of IT workers are looking for new jobs. Of those 60%, a staggering 81% of those job seekers consider their job searches "active".
Wow, nearly 50% of IT workers are actively searching for another job. I used to think thinks like perks and training were the key to keeping employees happy. I have found out that those things are nice, but they don't keep a person loyal to the company. Whether you are an Oracle DBA, MySQL Developer or Network Admin, I believe a person needs to be kept technologically relavent, feel challanged, and most of all, be appreciated. Maybe that's just how I feel, but it seems to be working.