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By Allan Holmes September 20, 2010

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Agencies may find it difficult to attract information technology workers now, but could the government lose even those that it has convinced to join the workforce when the economy improves?

Maybe, according to the September GenTrends newsletter sent out on Monday. The Center for Generational Studies publishes the newsletter, and it says surveys indicate that as many as 78 percent of workers say they will look for other employment when the economy improves. One reason is that employers are now hiring experienced workers for less than they would pay in a good economy, because they can.

The federal government could find themselves in the same situation, but maybe not from a pay perspective so much (although the federal sector does pay less than the private sector, or doesn't, depending on whom you choose to believe) but because it isn't the employer of choice.

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