INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY / INFORMATION SERVICES TRENDS 2011
In an effort to better understand the current IT/IS trends in Kansas City, we at TriCom Technical Services issued a survey to provide a snapshot of our technical community.
In January 2011, a 20 question survey was developed and distributed to 7,108 recipients matching the decided upon criteria. Recipients were selected from our database contingent on the requirement of living within 100 miles of the 64106 area code in downtown Kansas City. Participants were asked to respond to questions, taking approximately 2 minutes to complete.
Of those recipients, a total 673 participants started the survey, of which 611 were completed. The survey was then closed on February 7, 2011 to allow for processing.
This was our first survey, and although it was not perfect, we did gain valuable insight into Kansas City IT/IS trends that we feel is beneficial to both employees and employers. Below you will read more on our findings of achieving a better understanding of the Kansas City IT/IS marketplace in 2011.
The following questions were asked in our survey. Using page logic, the survey automatically determined in which direction the participant would move throughout the survey based on an answer of “Yes” or “No” to specific questions. For example, participants who answered “No” to questions #4 and #7 automatically skipped the following question. Likewise, participants who answered “Yes” to question #14 automatically skipped the following question. Also, participants who answered “Dislike workplace” in question #19 were asked to answer a follow up question while all other participants would end the survey with question #19. Participants were able to decline to respond to questions they did not want to answer with the exception of questions #17, #18, and #19. Upon completion, participants were greeted with a thank you page and notified that individual feedback would be held in the strictest of confidence and data would be provided to users upon survey conclusion.
Due to the extensive and complex nature of questions #5, #8, and #13, the corresponding results will not be displayed. All responses are reflective of the Kansas City area
Q1: Please select your gender.
When survey participants were asked to select their gender, we were surprised to find a whopping 82% of participants are male. Those who declined to answer totaled 0.9%, making 17.1% female.
Q2: Please select your age range.
As you can see in the chart below, the majority of respondents are between the ages of 36-45 with the age group of 36-45 leading with 32.5% and age group 46-55 a close second with 30.6%.
Q3: What type of employment best describes your current situation?
The majority of our participants (59.7%) are full-time employees, followed by unemployed (17%), contract employees (16.5%), contract-to-hire employees (4.4%), and part-time employees (2.4%).
Q4: Do you have a higher education degree?
Just over three-quarters (76.1%) of our respondents indicated they have a higher-education degree including Associate, Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees. Only 23.9% of respondents indicated they did not receive a higher education degree. Those who reported to have higher education degrees were asked to list them in question #5. Those who reported without a higher education degree skipped questions #5 and continued with question #6.
Q6: How many years of experience do you have in the IS/IT industry?
As reported by participants, the average IT/IS employee has 16.5 years of experience.
Q7: Do you possess any certifications?
These results are extremely close. Reportedly, a little more than half of respondents (53.4%) are not certified. Those who reported to possess a certification were asked to list them in question #8.
Q9: Which of the following company types do you currently work for?
When asked to choose between public, private, government, non-profit, and education, the majority of respondents (48.3%) reported to work for a private entity. Following closely, public entities were the second most popular with 35.4%. Government, non-profit, and education entities scored 8% or less.
Q10: Are you currently working the same job as you did last year?
According to our results, the vast majority of respondents are still working in the same position as they had the year before. Only 40.1% indicated they are not currently working the same position.
Q11: How long have you been at your current job?
According to our results, respondents who are currently employed have been at their present position for an average of 34.5 months, or just short of 3 years.
Q12: At what level do you currently perform? Select all that apply.
Participants chose from Owner/Partner, President/Vice President, Executive, C-level, Management, Senior level, Mid-level, Junior/Entry level, and Other. An overwhelming amount of respondents indicated they were Senior level employees, followed by Mid-level, then Management. Very few indicated they were an Owner/Partner, President/Vice President, Executive, C-level, Junior/Entry level, or Other.
Q14: Are you currently making the same salary as last year?
As indicated by the graph, approximately one-third of respondents report as to making the same salary they did last year. Those who answered “no” to question #14 were followed-up with question #15 while those who answered “yes” went on to question #16.
Q15: Are you making more or less money than last year?
Just over one-third (36%) of respondents indicated they are currently making less money than the previous year.
Q16: What is your approximate salary?
The average salary of participants who are currently employed is $75,567 per year.
Q17: How satisfied are you with your current job?
When asked to answer with Extremely satisfied, Very satisfied, Satisfied, Neutral, Dissatisfied, Very dissatisfied, and Extremely dissatisfied, 28.1% of respondents indicated they were satisfied with their current position. Following in close second and third places are very satisfied at 23% and neutral at 19.8%. Note – 99% of the unemployed responders either skipped this question entirely or answered “extremely dissatisfied” (for obvious reasons). Almost all of those answering “Extremely dissatisfied” were unemployed responders.
Q18: How likely are you to leave your current position in the next year?
Although the majority of respondents (30.7%) indicated they are not likely to leave their current position, over half of respondents believe they are at least likely (23.2%) if not very (9.6%) or extremely likely (18.6%) to leave their current position in the next year. Only 7.6% of respondents indicated they were not interested in leaving their current position in the coming year.
Q19: In the case you were to leave your current position, what would be the reason?
Participants chose from “Not Applicable – not considering a move” (23.1%), “End of contract” (17.2%), “Moving” (4.4%), “Going back got school” (1.0%) “Dislike workplace” (14.6%), “Promotion/Demotion” (18.3%), and “Other” (21.5%) which consisted mostly of “currently unemployed.” Those who answered “Dislike workplace” were asked to continue to question #20. All others had completed the survey and we redirected to the Thank You page.
Q20: Why might you dislike your workplace? Please check all that apply.
Given selections from which to choose, the largest reason the participants might dislike their workplace is due to compensation, or in this case, a lack thereof. The second most popular choice was the culture/work environment, followed by stress and burn out. After answering this question, these final participants had completed the survey and were directed to the Thank You page.
After reviewing these results, one might conclude the Kansas City IT/IS landscape is a well-educated, dominantly male culture between the ages of 36 and 55, making on average $75,567 a year with 16.5 years experience. With less than 1 out of 4 employed in a form of contract or part-time position, and even fewer unemployed, most IT/IS workers are employed at private entities in full-time positions for an average of nearly 3 years, working the same senior- or mid-level positions as the previous year while making more money than the previous year. Most are satisfied with their positions and although they are not currently considering a move, may leave their current positions if the right opportunity were to present itself in the upcoming year, especially in the case that an employee disliked their workplace due to compensation, culture, stress, or burn out.
While this may be an incomplete picture, it does give valuable insight into the Kansas City IT/IS landscape and how it has changed over recent years. We hope that you will find these results beneficial in helping you to understand how you currently fit into the local IT/IS marketplace, or beneficial for making future decisions regarding your career in this ever changing industry.