New skills outweigh demand for higher salaries and a better working environment, results of a recent survey show.
Network professionals surveyed in Com Tech's third annual training survey released last week also report employers fail to meet their training needs.
The survey reports up to 70 per cent of "network professionals" rate skills growth as the number one reason to stay with an employer.
But less than 30 per cent of employers offer one to two weeks, 27 per cent offering two to four weeks and 11 per cent offering four weeks or more of technical training annually.
Network professionals report they need at least two weeks of training each year.
Anton Muller, group network and communications manager at FAI Insurance, said it is still an employee's market.
"Loyalty is only ever as good as the employment package and increasingly, employees are demanding relevant, ongoing training as part of these packages," he said.
Steve Ross, Com Tech education service's general manager, said many IT departments struggle to retain talented employees.
"The research shows that IT staff want more training than companies are currently committed to, which results in high levels of staff dissatisfaction and talent being enticed by job offers elsewhere," he said.
The research also revealed 74 per cent of students undertaking technical training do so to achieve certification, a rise of three per cent since last year.
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) remains the most popular technical certification, followed by Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Certified Novell Engineer (CNE), Certified Novell Administrator (CNA), Certified Lotus Professional (CLP), Cisco certification and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD).