New research from recruitment firm Greythorn shows that a significant portion of technology professionals are unhappy at work and planning to leave their jobs.

The firm, which specializes in open source and big data, conducted a survey of 611 technology professionals in the fourth quarter of 2015, asking about compensation and career motivation. Nearly a quarter of participants (24%) said they were “dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” in their current roles.

According to survey results, even participants who reported satisfaction in their job may be leaving for other positions. Forty percent of respondents said they are “likely” or “very likely” to leave in the next 12 months.

“Attrition is to be expected in any organization,” Ben Weber, Greythorn’s managing director, said in a statement. “But when happy employees report they are planning to leave, it’s time to take a closer look at why that may be happening.”

The most common reasons survey participants reported leaving their previous jobs were for career development (23%) and more challenging work (13%).

“Often, organizations offer paths for career development, and most managers would be happy to provide staff with more challenging work if they knew it was desired,” Weber said. “In at least some of these scenarios, the breakdown is occurring because of a lack of communication about opportunities within the company.”

Managers need to address these issues candidly and pro-actively, Weber said.

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