Most tech professionals today really like where they live, are okay with the cost of housing, and are impressed with local schools. However, they feel that commutes can be problematic, and that human resources teams are clueless when it comes to how work-life balance efforts are going. That’s the gist of a survey of tech professionals across the United States released today by DICE, a tech jobs site.
Here are a few of the numbers. Fifty-eight percent of tech professionals are extremely happy or very happy with where they live, and only 34 percent think housing is too expensive. That changes when major tech hubs are separated from less tech-centric areas; only 12 percent of tech employees in major tech cities say there’s enough housing available, and 46 percent of tech professionals in those cities think housing is too expensive. Nearly half of tech professionals in tech hubs say traffic is a problem. Outside those areas, only 32 percent consider traffic an issue.
Although most of the tech professionals surveyed liked their home communities, they don’t have deep roots. If offered more pay, 59 percent of respondents would move.
As for benefits, what 75 percent of those surveyed really want is true work-life balance, and nearly half of the respondents say they aren’t getting that. The study indicated that HR professionals may be missing the boat on this one—67 percent think that perks such as company shuttles that help with commuting are enough to make employees happy with their current work-life balance.
Tekla S. Perry is a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., she's been covering the people, companies, and technology that make Silicon Valley a special place for more than 40 years. An IEEE member, she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University.