Chief information officers are more satisfied with their jobs in 2009 than they have been in recent years despite salary freezes and their companies cutting costs at every opportunity, according to a recent job satisfaction survey from ExecuNet.
ExecuNet polled 306 IT executives for the survey. 64 percent of them said they were satisfied with their jobs. This is an 11 percent increase over the previous year. For reference, in 2007, only 41 percent of the CIOs who responded to the survey said they were happy with their jobs.
Among the 64 percent executives who responded positively, primary reasons for job satisfaction were work they enjoy (13 percent), a good relationship with their bosses (12.5 percent), and a comfortable fit with their employers (10.2 percent).
The remaining 36 percent of CIOs who said that they were unhappy with their jobs cited limited advancement opportunities (14 percent), compensation (11.3 percent) and lack of challenge (10 percent) as their top reasons.
"People become happier with their jobs when the grass on the other side of the fence looks more like a mud flat," says Mark Anderson, ExecuNet's president and chief economist. "In 2008, as the economy started to turn [down], satisfaction started to rise."
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