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U.S. IT Workers Stressed Out, Says Report

SAN JOSE, Calif. — ISR, an employee research and consulting firm, has uncovered new research that indicates employment security concerns, perceived unreasonable workloads and job stress are contributing to a growing discontentment among IT workers in the United States.

The perception that IT jobs are at risk for outsourcing may also be responsible for the steady decline in IT workers' belief that their employers reward innovation, as this number has declined from 64 percent in 2001 to 46 percent in 2005.

Job stress is a problem for 51 percent of all U.S. IT workers, which is 10 percent greater than reported by the overall U.S. workforce, according to ISR (Chicago). Some 53 percent say their workloads are excessive, compared to 39 percent of the U.S. workforce, according to the firm.

ISR data shows that the number of IT workers that would seriously consider leaving their company increased from 16 percent in 2004 to 25 percent in 2005.

Only 57 percent of U.S. IT workers are sure they will continue to have a job as long as they perform well. In comparison, 68 percent of the overall U.S. working population report confidence in keeping a job as long as they perform well.

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