A new report from the Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals has found that IT workers are struggling with the transition to a new technology environment.
The report, titled Getting Back on Track: How Canadian IT professionals are coping with the changes and challenges of the IT-age, was released Monday.
“Our job is to be the voice of our people, the voice that they need to know what’s going on in their lives, to have access to information, to communicate with other people, to get support and advice,” said Rob McNeil, president of the Canadian IT Association.
“We’ve got to be ready, because we are facing a transition to digital.”
“We need to be prepared, and we need to have a plan to get us back on track,” he said.
The Canadian Association for Information Technology (CAIT) surveyed its members about the challenges and benefits of switching to the new IT world, from job loss to security breaches to the cost of living.
The survey also looked at the impact of the transition on workers’ finances and living costs.
About 90 per cent of CAIT members say they are prepared to relocate to a different region to meet the changing demands of the digital world, while just a quarter say they have a relocation plan in place.
“The fact that a large percentage of people are moving back to their hometowns is a big deal,” McNeil said.
“And we’re hearing that anecdotally as well.
I have people who are moving from one region to another to meet new customers.”
CAIT says the survey found that about one-third of the members were moving back because of an unexpected expense or other reason.
About one-quarter of those moving back were doing so to make ends meet.
Many people have been working at home for a number of years, but now are struggling to make the transition back to a digital world.
Some employees say they want to keep working, but many say it’s a matter of time before they find themselves without a job.
Some say the digital revolution has affected their relationships with their employers, but some are looking forward to the benefits of the new technology.
“I can be sure that I won’t be making a decision about whether or not to get a new job for a couple of months,” said one employee.
“This is what the future looks like.”