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With vacancies outweighing skilled talent in the UK's tech industry, firms are fighting to win the cream of the crop to fill an estimated 600,000 vacancies. Yet, if they want to do so, they need to offer employees a role that creates a positive work-life balance, with nearly two-thirds (62%) saying they would quit their job to achieve this.

Research from CWJobs showed that this is even more important to Gen Z workers (16-24), where seven in 10 (72%) would leave a company if this was compromised. At the same time, tech workers want the opportunity to grow as professionals, with over half (52%) willing to leave their jobs over a lack of career progressions, while a third (35%) would move elsewhere for more learning and development opportunities. Meanwhile, micromanagement would drive four in 10 workers (39%) out of the door (rising to 50% to IT workers aged 45-54).

While salary and benefits are the biggest drivers for jobseekers (71%), company culture is key for one in three (36%). Gen Z workers say a new challenge is more important than a higher salary and other benefits (56% vs 33%), proving interesting work is the key to attracting the next generation of talent. The focus shift to pay as workers progress, with over two-thirds (67%) of millennials being attracted to salary and benefits.

Dominic Harvey, director at CWJobs, said: "Striking the right balance between a competitive remuneration package and opportunities for development is one of the biggest challenges facing employers. Clearly, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to attracting the best tech talent."