Businesses would do well to keep their database administrators and network architects happy because once they leave, those information technology positions take the longest to fill. A new IT worker survey from people3, an affiliate of Gartner, also suggests that three factors – the use of new technologies, offering learning and training initiatives and providing a challenging technical environment – ranked higher than competitive, market- based salaries as effective retention practices.

"While turnover in IT organizations is generally lower across the board, the workload of the IT function is expected to increase 50 percent by 2005," says people3 CEO Linda M. Pittenger. "It is absolutely essential for IT and human resource leaders to have the right programs and policies in place to attract and retain IT staff during the next few critical years."

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