The world is in the midst of a “Great Reshuffle” of talent, as job transitions globally are up 28 percent over the last few months in 2021. One area where this shifting of talent is especially high is among tech professionals, with more than nine in ten executives in technology seeing higher-than-usual attrition in their ranks. Turnover of information technology (IT) staff is becoming more common and increasingly devastating to organizations – especially higher ed institutions – as tech needs evolve and expand. As colleges’ dependency on technology grows and recruiting, hiring, training and retaining IT talent gets harder by the day, it’s important to consider the risks of not addressing turnover, as well as solutions for it. In part one of our three-part series exploring IT staff turnover, we’ll explain why IT talent is leaving higher education.

technology executives report seeing higher-than-usual attrition in their ranks.*
*PwC US Pulse Survey

6 Reasons IT Professionals Are Leaving Higher Education

Quality IT staff have never been more important, but colleges and universities are losing them to the for-profit sector. A shortage of qualified tech professionals and an increase in available, high-salary job openings has quickly transitioned the market to an employee-driven one.  

Unsurprisingly, retention and recruitment of IT staff has become an acute problem in higher education for the following reasons: 

What Are The Consequences of Higher Ed’s IT Turnover Problem? 

Consistent turnover puts hiring managers in the unenviable position of having to settle for less experienced talent and exacerbates the high costs of hiring. But most consequentially, it can spillover to affect the overall experience for students, faculty and staff.  

Author: Elise Povejsil

Elise Povejsil is a former marketing manager (content and communications) for Collegis Education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Studies from DePauw University.