Here Are The Main Reasons Tech Pros Will Quit Their Jobs in 2019

Ready to quit your job in 2019? You’re not alone. Plenty of tech pros are looking to find a new job with a new employer, and have clear reasons for why they’re jumping ship.

No big surprise: Most want to quit because they don’t feel they’re making enough. Around 68 percent of respondents to the 2019 Dice Salary Survey say they want to find a new job to make more money. Specifically, 70 percent of tech pros would take the same job with a different company – a totally lateral move – for as little as 15 percent more money. Only 17 percent of tech pros were offered a raise as a “primary motivator” in 2018.

Since 2012, salary satisfaction has been in decline among tech pros. Save for 2015 and 2016, when the number of tech pros who were happy with their pay ticked up one percent each year, the overall trend has been negative. In 2018, only 48 percent of respondents said they were happy with their pay level; this is the lowest it’s ever been, and the first time we’ve seen salary satisfaction dip below 50 percent. It’s also the sharpest decline year-over-year (four percent) since we began tracking this metric in 2012.

Interestingly, the percentage of tech pros who feel good about their job prospects nearly matches the decline in salary satisfaction: 63 percent of tech pros say they are confident in finding a “favorable new position” in 2019, a three percent increase over last year.

Meanwhile, 47 percent report they’re looking for a new job because they want “better working conditions,” and an additional 34 percent say their main driver for finding employment elsewhere is “more responsibility.” While not a binary conclusion, it would be reasonable to assume a large chunk (if not all) of those looking for “more responsibility” are also looking for more money.

More money isn’t always the answer, however. The 68 percent of tech pros who want more money also make the least of those respondents who report they’re looking for new jobs; their average income of $80,920 is far below the average tech pro income of $93,244, so the desire for a higher salary is understandable.

And 22 percent of respondents report they anticipate losing their job in 2019, which is causing them to seek new employment. That segment makes $100,675 per year, on average.

When considering a new job, there are two big factors in play: your skillset, and the perks. We’ve found time and again that ‘upskilling’ is the best path forward for earning more. It provides quantifiable value to your career and employer(s), so we highly suggest taking a hard look at your skillset before considering any new job.

Perks are also critical, and may be a huge driver towards professional happiness. If you weren’t afforded a raise, but were allowed to work from home more or take additional paid time off, it might help you enjoy your work in a different way.

2 Responses to “Here Are The Main Reasons Tech Pros Will Quit Their Jobs in 2019”

  1. I will try to explain what happens for HR people:
    We get a job and we will still keep searching for better salaries and conditions in other companies, it is human, we avoid confrontation with our current employer asking high wages and conditions, so we just change to a better opportunity.
    My advise for HR people, be proactive, you are responsible for avoid this. You have to search and compare the salary that you are paying and the benefits you are giving to other companies and you have to do that for each employee you have. if your employee is making less and has less benefit you will lose that employee, it is just a matter of time, remember the employee will never confront you saying he is underpaid.So raise the salary and benefits before your employee even start to search for new positions. There are companies with IA tools that can help you with that.

  2. Pros will always quit their jobs when

    Pros will always quit their jobs when they feel they reached the top of their learning curve, they can’t bring any quantifiable value or they are underutilized. As the previous poster said the moment you get a job is the moment when you should look for a new one, just to stay abreast of any unplanned events and to ensure your pro and personal growth. The deprecated concept of loyalty to your employer died with the rise of China, companies are dispensing of employees for the sole reason of saving on wages; hence, smart employees do not hang up their hat on a concept dating back to Arthur the LionHeart.