IT workers fit 7.5 days into working week

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Employees in the IT industry are each fitting in the equivalent of 7.5 working days into the working week, according to a survey of 2,000 British workers.

IT recruitment specialist Randstad, which carried out the research, discovered that 26 per cent of workers in the sector feel their role would, in an ideal world, require an additional part time member of staff. Some 14 per cent reported their role really needs at least two full-time members of staff.

However, Mike Beresford, managing director of Randstad Technologies, believes cloud computing could help to alleviate some of these problems.

"Companies have increasingly been looking at cloud based systems as a way of bringing down their infrastructure costs. But with IT employees working harder than ever, these systems are also seen as a way to reduce workloads," Beresford told Cloud Pro.

"With the implementation of cloud based systems, the time IT employees spend maintaining hardware environments can be substantially reduced, freeing up their time for other responsibilities. This is also bringing with it the benefit of exposing IT staff to cloud based technology, boosting their expertise in an area that is growing more attractive to businesses - who are finding that moving responsibilities towards an external cloud hosting facility can bring with it improved disaster recovery and business continuity, alongside a reduced total cost of ownership," he added.

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