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The Weekly Round-Up: Should you should feel sorry for IT directors?

And why we all need to stop playing with our gadgets, once in a while...

IT directors have the best job in the world, right?

All they have to do is sit in that big corner office, in that executive leather armchair, wearing a fancy suit and keeping themselves busy by counting all that lovely money they get.

Meanwhile, the real graft is done by the poor, hard-working coders down in the basement.

Unhappy businessman

Most hated: The IT director may appear cheerful, but inside they are weepingPhoto: Shutterstock

Few techies indeed would turn down the chance to be the IT director - getting the chance to use all those executive words like 'synergy' and phrases like 'brand-enablement alignment strategy' in presentations, while the rest of the board nods approvingly and hands over more money for projects they don't understand.

And yet, could it be that the surge of envy techies feel every time the IT director makes a brief visit to the server room could be entirely misplaced? Could it be that while the IT director smiles cheerfully at their reflection in their shiny new iPad, inside they are weeping?

Yes, dear reader, it could.

Careers site CareerBliss recently analysed hundreds of thousands of employee-generated reviews from 2011 to come up with a list of the top 10 hated jobs.

And at the very top of the list? Yup, IT director.

According to the CareerBliss data, reasons why a job might make the list include people being dissatisfied with how much money they make, the hours they work and their chances for advancement. And in the case of the IT director, it's a job marked by "nepotism, cronyism and disrespect for workers", according to the survey. Wow. And you thought your job was bad.

Other hated jobs on the list include director of sales and marketing - that should need no explanation, followed by product manager - ditto. But the miserable IT director isn't the only techie on the list. At number four is senior web developer, a job marked, according to the survey, by employers who are unable to communicate coherently and lack an understanding of the technology.

This results in miserable web developers who have to suffer their elegant designs being debased by ignorant clients who say things like, 'I like it, but can you put in a few more animated gifs, maybe of jumping beans?'.

Technical specialists come in at five on the list, complaining that they are "treated with a palpable disrespect", while technical support analyst made number eight on the list.

Frankly, I'm surprised this last job isn't...

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