IT and DevOps Pros Will Quit for Better Career Path and Mentorship - EDB Survey Shows

Data from more than 1,000 open source technology users reveals management and soft skills training fell behind amid pandemic

Date -2021-06-22 Location - BEDFORD, Mass. EDB, a leading contributor to PostgreSQL®, released a survey of more than 1,000 application developers, and IT and business management professionals at its Postgres Vision 2021 conference. The survey found that this key talent pool would consider other roles for stronger career path options, better mentorship and greater opportunity to work with cutting edge technologies.

Talent retention is a growing and widespread challenge for business leaders. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that by 2030, the U.S will lose $430 billion annually due to staff turnover. And while BLS data for April 2021 showed 9.3 million job openings, the pool of skilled labor is tightening as workers have new expectations. These expectations are driving a movement dubbed, “the great resignation,” making it increasingly difficult to recruit and hold onto talent.

The global survey by EDB targeted open source technology users, specifically those holding application development, information technology and operations titles at organizations greater than 100 people. Respondents were surveyed on their volume of work and quality and kinds of training, along with motivations that could lead them to seek other job opportunities. 

Key findings from the survey include:

Employees will quit for better career path and learning opportunities

Findings revealed that job hunting is motivated by:

  • Improved career path options (24%)
  • Better mentorship (17%)
  • The opportunity to work with more cutting edge technologies (16%)


Training in emerging tech and compliance captured high ratings

Respondents were asked to rate their employer’s approach to new training initiatives during the pandemic:

  • 53% viewed their employer's approach to new technology (e.g., cloud) training more favorably
  • Nearly half (48%) had a more favorable perception of compliance training


Mentorship and wellness fell to the wayside during the pandemic

When respondents were asked which programs their employer rolled out during the pandemic:

  • Only 10% of their employers rolled out new mentorship programs
  • Only 13% of their employers conducted soft skills training
  • Only 14% of their employers provided wellness programs


Management training suffered

  • 59% of respondents viewed their organization’s approach to management training less favorably


“Technical professionals are sending a clear message to management on what keeps them engaged,” said EDB president and CEO, Ed Boyajian. “As employers and leaders, we need to actively support their development. Whether it’s offering more mentorship, training in the best technologies, or promoting overall well-being, we must invest in what inspires our teammates and helps them grow.”

As competition for top IT and application development talent heats up, EDB has implemented benefits such as Wellness days, a flexible work environment, leadership and technical training, and a home office stipend to support remote work arrangements. 

To view career opportunities at EDB please visit our website here.




EnterpriseDB, EDB and Postgres Enterprise Manager are registered trademarks of EnterpriseDB Corporation. EDB Postgres is a trademark of EnterpriseDB Corporation.

Postgres, PostgreSQL, and the Slonik Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of the PostgreSQL Community Association of Canada, and used with their permission.


About EDB

EDB provides enterprise-class software and services that enable organizations to harness the full power of Postgres, the world’s leading open source database. With offices worldwide, EDB serves more than 1,500 customers, including leading financial services, government, media and communications and information technology organizations. As one of the leading contributors to the vibrant and fast-growing Postgres community, EDB is committed to driving technology innovation. With deep database expertise, EDB ensures high availability, reliability, security, 24x7 global support and advanced professional services, both on premises and in the cloud. This empowers enterprises to control risk, manage costs and scale efficiently. For more information, visit



Emily White

PAN Communications



# # #

EnterpriseDB and Postgres Plus are trademarks of EnterpriseDB Corporation. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.