Two new studies warn that more than half of IT leaders are actively looking for a new job, in part because they are dissatisfied with the amount of C-level support they and their technical organizations are receiving.

According to A a survey of 3,300 decision makers by order of ManageEngine, Zoho’s enterprise IT management division. ManageEngine used a market research agency Vanson Bourne to conduct a global study that included IT and other key business functions of a number of private sector organizations.

A second survey which collected nearly 8,000 responses from IT executives and employees, found that more than half (53%) are “very” or “somewhat likely” to look for a new job in the next year. This is a study from an online learning site Skillsoftsaid that the respondents were affected by the lack of staff and wanted to earn and study more.

Research by ManageEngine found that nearly 81% of IT decision makers believe their company should have supported them more in the past two years. And almost half said they would leave their current organization if flexible working was no longer offered (48%) or if there was no potential for career growth (45%).

“While IT departments have been heralded as the technology champions of the pandemic, their authority and autonomy to make business decisions is lacking due to the constraints of the C-Suite,” according to the ManageEngine study.

At the same time they have fewer opinions, 88% of North American business and technology leaders believe that IT has more responsibility for business innovation than ever. Another 85% said IT could drive even more innovation if it had a stronger leadership position.

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