Kovasys Survey Shows 85% of English-Only Speaking IT Professionals Are Considering Leaving Quebec

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Survey of Quebec’s IT professionals released June 17th, 2013 by Montreal technology recruitment firm Kovasys adds to the growing pile of research that links Quebec's IT brain drain and inability to fill IT positions in Quebec to the province’s attitude when it comes to the French language and its enforcement in the workplace.

Most of Quebec’s IT professionals who have taken part in the survey admit that they are now more likely to leave Quebec after PQ party came to power, according to the survey of 674 IT professionals conducted by Kovasys, technology recruitment firm in Montreal with operations in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Boston and San Francisco, via SurveyMonkey.com, with 85% percent of English only speaking respondents saying so.

The survey results also show that 73% of English-only speaking IT professionals respondents do not approve Bill 14 that is backed by PQ / Parti Québécois and partially backed by CAQ / Coalition Avenir Québec. Final reading for the Bill 14 will be held in the fall potentially making Bill 14 a law and making French the language of their workplace in Quebec companies with over 26 employees.

It is interesting to see a difference in the survey however: while a majority, 73% of English only speaking IT professionals, responded that Bill 14 will affect them negatively, and 85% of English only speaking IT professionals said they are now more likely to leave Quebec; bilingual (English and French) IT professionals do not see Bill 14 as much of a threat as English speakers as only 40% of bilingual IT professionals said that the bill 14 will impact them negatively, and 47% think it will have no impact on them whatsoever, comparing to 7% of English only speakers who said it will have no impact on them.

IT professionals living outside of Quebec see Bill 14 as overzealous as 64% think it will impact workspace in Quebec negatively. 34% of French speaking-only professionals view Bill 14 as a positive initiative, and almost 60% of French only speakers think Bill 14 will have no impact on their work lives.

A link to the four-question SurveyMoney.com poll was emailed to 7,000 IT applicants who’d approached Kovasys IT Recruitment agency in Montreal with operations in Toronto, Boston and Ottawa over the past seven years looking for work.

Some might see the survey as not entirely neutral as some of the questions being asked are about whether Bill 14 workers will be “forced to speak French” and that this “could affect the advancement of (their) business/career in Quebec.”

For more information about Kovasys IT Recruitment firm`s survey about French language in Quebec`s IT workspace, head to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LBLP9YM for access to the survey and the results.

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