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Some tech pros would sacrifice pay to telecommute

A new Dice poll shows that some IT pros value their work surroundings more than the amount of money they make.

More than one-third of technology professionals said they'd cut their salary by up to 10 percent in exchange for telecommuting full-time, according to a new poll by Dice.

Even after two years of flattish compensation, tech pros are willing to sacrifice $7,800 on average to work from home, and the fad is not based on rising gas prices.

Telecommuting also helps firms keep a leg up on competitors by retaining or recruiting top talent. The perk allows hiring managers to draw talent from outside their immediate labor pool, catching that tech pro whose skills and attitude fit, but proximity to the office is not ideal.

Here's the way the data broke down in the Dice poll:

With gas prices soaring, would you accept slightly less pay to telecommute full-time?

No way, same work = same pay.              36%

Yes, I'd cut my salary by 10% or less.       35%

I would take any job, I'm unemployed.     20%

I already telecommute.                              9%

To see the complete Dice report, go here.

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15 comments
valduboisvert
valduboisvert

I will try to bargain like this: One lb of eggplant is $2.00. If I buy it for $1.50 would you be willing to sell it to me for only $1.00 ? I'll let you know how it goes :)

oldbaritone
oldbaritone

Compare your own unreimbursed expense of commuting, including the value of your time, and decide for yourself. If your employer provides equipment, so much the better. If you're whining about the electricity cost for a computer and monitor for 8 hours a day, get a life. Unless you believe your time is worthless, telecommuting is a huge advantage. And if you do believe you're worthless, why do you keep accepting a paycheck?

Mandolinface
Mandolinface

For a permanent (non-contract) job, I'd be willing to take a slight pay cut if they provided an equipment and utilities budget.

ksmith
ksmith

Does your company help with Telecommuting expenses such as: 1. cell phone 2. ISP 3. computer 4. other office expenses Also, telecommuting isn't always that great. I do it sometimes, but have benefited from chance meetings at the coffee/printer at work. Also, I can get questions answered more quickly with better communication by looking the person in the eye - face-to-face.

SpatsTriptiphan
SpatsTriptiphan

Lets say that I spend $250 per month on gas. I would be willing to take a $250 per month pay cut. Otherwise no - I still have bills to pay and less pay means more stress and a less productive employee.

valduboisvert
valduboisvert

Most of It Pro I work with are smart individuals. Even a low IQ can figure out telecommuting is NOT an advantage not to mention adding a pay cut on top of it. So I would say that poll is dubious at last. edit: Just to save a potential flame war: I believe a telecommuter should get a pay RISE not a pay cut. Think about it!

Flyers70
Flyers70

Would love to work somewhere that embraced telecommuting and working from home far more than my current employer. I don't think I would be a full-time telecommuter, but I would like to work from home on occasion without getting the stink eye from my employer.

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

Sure, this is a market economy. However, if I.T. workers keep coming up with excuses to drop their compensation, they'll eventually be in the same situation as elementary school teachers; 4 year degree required, and minimum wage. Let me put it to you this way. When was the last time you saw a CEO drop his or her compensation?

rxgirl
rxgirl

I've been a telecommuter for over 7 years. My company is highly virtual, with employees all across the U.S. I'm pretty sure I'm not making any less than I would in an office; my employer understands the benefits and cost savings associated with having work-from-home employees. Not everyone can work at home; it takes more discipline, but if you can do it, you can accomplish way more than you ever will in an office. Why? Because by working at home, I can "control" the interruptions; there are no "drive-by" questions. If someone emails, calls, or even instant messages me, I can choose to respond right away or to delay until I get to a good stopping point. Working at home also gives me a huge amount of flexibility. I can take a 2 hour break if I need to and work into the evening or put in some hours over the weekend. Evening/weekend work is not as bad since my "office" is in my home. I don't need to take time to get "dressed" for work and there are no more dry cleaning bills. I'm spoiled. If I ever leave this company, I will pray I find another another work-from-home position! (Edited to fix typo)

saknga01
saknga01

Why should we take a pay cut. By adopting telecomute means the company already saving on office space, electircity and phone bills.

valduboisvert
valduboisvert

While I do not argue with what you already said, I do want to remind that you forgot to mention the employer business expenses he can save if you telecommute. If you compare them both a pay cut doesn't make sense.

rxgirl
rxgirl

Up until this year, my company covered my ISP and phone, but as part of administrative cut-backs, they discontinued that. They do still cover a portion of my cell phone usage (for business-related calls) and my computer was provided by my company. I can also expense whatever office supplies I need (very minimal in my case). Also, you are 100% correct about the downsides! It takes much more effort to stay "in the loop" when you work from home, and you do miss out on the benefits of face-to-face communication.

valduboisvert
valduboisvert

If you work at home you will have your AC running during the hot summer days and/or the heat up during heavy winter days. You can add computer and electricity if you really want to not let anything out. Also think about the office space expenses your employer will save.

rmycroft2000
rmycroft2000

Just staying the H out of Atlanta traffic, not to mention the savings in fuel and insurance and car repairs makes it more than worth it. Been doing this for a total of 5 years for different places as a contractor, currently as an employee. I can crank Mr. Walsh and have a good time and there's no one to bitch about it. And offices are a serious pain. So yeah, I'll take a little less, but not much less.

reggaethecat
reggaethecat

If you work at home your heating bill will go through the roof in winter. Although this should be offset by the reduction in travel costs. I'm not convinced that I could maintain my focus though, I struggle enough as it is.

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