“IT employees name Atos Origin as favourite employer in Dutch Salary Survey 2007”

Utrecht, 22 June 2007

IT employees on the lookout for a new job would prefer to go work for international IT services company Atos Origin. This makes Atos Origin the Netherlands' favourite employer. These are the results of the recently published annual Salary Survey conducted by consultancy Berenschot on behalf of the Dutch trade publication Automatiserings Gids. The preference for Atos Origin is key in a tight job market defined by increasing job mobility.

The Salary Survey conducted by Automatiserings Gids and Berenschot – an annual survey held among IT employees since 2000 – revealed that in 2007, an average of 29 percent of IT employees working for an IT service provider is looking for a new employer. Among IT employees not currently working for an IT service provider, the number is even higher: 32 percent. This represents a clear increase compared to 2006, when job mobility averaged 22 percent.

In total, almost 2,000 IT employees (57% of them working for IT service providers) were asked about numerous job aspects. Of course, this included salaries and benefits, but also aspects such as ‘what employers are they considering', ‘why do people stay with their current employer', and/or ‘why are employees considering leaving their current employer'. The survey revealed increased job mobility in a tight market, which makes it all the more important for IT services providers to do well when it comes to being a preferred employer.

Henny Hendriks, Executive vice president Operations & HR at Atos Origin, is pleased with the survey outcome. “We are one of the few IT companies who negotiate an annual Collective Works Agreement (CAO) with employee organizations. We also work on challenging, often international projects. In this respect, our work for the Olympic Games immediately comes to mind. With 9,000 employees in the Netherlands - and 50,000 worldwide - we provide ample opportunity for growth. We also stimulate our employees to develop themselves within their field through specialized training programmes. Interesting point in the Salary Survey is that employees first choose for a pleasant working atmosphere and then for development possibilities and salary. Our company is also positively rated for its working atmosphere. In a tight job market with high mobility, it's great to be the first choice.”

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5.4 billion and it employs 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

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