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When it comes to working in tech, being in the “right zipcode” is no longer the barrier to entry that it was in years past, a report from CompTIA suggests. In the company’s Tech on the Move survey, 78 percent of tech workers polled would consider leaving their current city for a new tech job, with affordability (60 percent) and local economy (56 percent) having a big influence on these decisions.
When you factor in the high cost of living in traditional tech hubs like Silicon Valley, these latest findings indicate that tech talent might start clustering in metro areas that haven’t traditionally been seen as “hot” in the IT community. Coupled with the rise in remote work initiatives being announced across the tech landscape over the past several months, it’s safe to expect the decentralization of IT talent is only just beginning.
The report also indicated that while salary is naturally a major consideration, tech workers are also mindful of choosing to live where their income would stretch the furthest in uprooting for a potential job. So a plum job in Silicon Valley, for instance, may initially look appealing based on base salary, but when potential workers factor in cost of living compared to similar opportunities in other locales, the glossy job in The Valley begins to lose some luster.
Tech pros ranked three factors as most important when choosing where to live:
- Cost of living (82 percent)
- Weather and climate (64 percent)
- Commute times (62 percent)
This all dovetails with the larger trend of enterprise decentralization that has been hitting organizations in the tech sector and beyond. In general, businesses are better equipped today than ever before to support remote workers on their terms thanks to broader access to connectivity and a new breed of network management and monitoring solutions. These tools are helping IT reckon with fundamentally new ways of enterprise networking, including gaining a local perspective into how end users experience the network regardless of where a user is located.
Whether tech workers are looking at gigs in a new locale, or enterprise teams are meeting workers on their terms by opening up remote offices in more affordable areas, enterprise IT teams will need to leverage solutions that ensure communication can take place seamlessly across the entire network.
To learn more about the challenges impacting enterprise IT — and how teams are tackling them — download our 2019 State of Enterprise IT report.