Monday, September 3, 2007

Lack of flexibility reinforces lack of specialists in the IT sector

According to an Avira study, location is a decisive factor for 40 per cent of job applicants

Tettnang, 3 September 2007 – Better to receive Hartz 4 (unemployment benefit) than relocate for work reasons? Avira investigated the lack of specialists in the IT sector and asked 305 visitors to its website at in July this year “would you relocate to find work”. The online studies monthly question of conscience produced the following result: around 40 per cent of participants would rather receive unemployment benefit than relocate for a new job.

Strict ties to a particular locality when job-hunting cannot necessarily be detected in the Avira study, however: 16 per cent of respondents do not make their decision based on the company location but on salary. Whether in the city or country, this proportion of participants settle where the salary is right. Nevertheless, money is not everything – according to the survey, the development possibilities in the new company are more important than financials incentives. 25 per cent of participants in the survey would move to a less attractive area for an interesting professional opportunity. On the other hand, the degree to which a potential employer is known is not decisive, just 2 per cent of those asked stated that they were influenced by the company brand name when changing jobs. For 17 per cent, the surroundings play a decisive role: If the environment is right – for example leisure opportunities or an attractive town or city – a change of location would be considered.

“These results do not surprise me – on the contrary, they reflect the daily problems in the IT industry”, says Tjark Auerbach, the founder and CEO of Avira. “With a strong competitive situation in terms of recruiting employees, many companies have a location disadvantage if they are not based in a fashionable city”.
However, there is no shortage of specialists at Avira. The AntiVir producer has such a strong brand presence and has always placed great importance on training young, regional employees: “We have been able to fill all our vacancies for trainees again this year with young motivated people looking for a dynamic and vibrant workplace”, explains Auerbach. To maintain the high level of ‘software made in Germany’, Avira also cultivates intensive partnerships with neighboring colleges and universities such as Weingarten and Constance: “Our success proves us right. With internships and vacation jobs, we bind future specialists to our company at an early stage and can provide them with specific training in IT security during their studies. Almost all then sign a permanent employment contract with Avira when they have completed their studies.”

About Avira

Avira is a worldwide leading supplier of self-developed security solutions for professional and private use. With more than twenty years of experience, the company is one of the pioneers in this field.

The security expert has several locations in Germany and partnerships in Europe, Asia and America. At its headquarters in Tettnang near Lake Constance, Avira is one of the region’s largest employers with more than 180 employees. Worldwide more than 250 persons are employed and their work regularly wins awards. Avira AntiVir Personal, used by millions of private users, represents a significant contribution to security.

Avira’s national and international customers include renowned corporations listed on the stock exchange but also educational institutions and public authorities. In addition to protection of the virtual environment, Avira also provides for more protection and security in the real world by supporting the Auerbach Foundation. Established by the founder of the company, the Auerbach Foundation promotes charitable and social projects as well as the arts, culture and science.

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About Avira

Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently achieve best-in-class results in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a privately-owned company that employs 500 people. Its headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the company has additional offices in Romania, India, Singapore, China, Japan & the United States. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For more information about Avira visit