Thirty percent of IT and telecoms staff in Britain have accepted a pay cut in order to keep their jobs, according to new research.

Some 22 per cent have also been pushed to take a reduction in their working hours, says the research conducted by campaign group Keep Britain Working, founded by recruitment firm Reed. Over 1,600 workers were surveyed by the organisation, whose website features ideas from across businesses on alternatives to redundancy.

Since the recession began, a third of staff have also had benefits cut, the research stated.

The figures for IT and telecoms staff are worse than the national average across sectors, where 27 per cent of staff have taken pay cuts, 24 per cent have reduced their hours, and another 24 per cent have lost benefits.

Across sectors, 40 per cent of staff have taken extra responsibilities in their work.

"The UK workforce has demonstrated unprecedented flexibility during this recession, allowing organisations to explore a whole range of cost-cutting responses other than relying solely on redundancies,” said James Reed, founder of the campaign.

This contrasted with mainland Europe where outright redundancies were more common that flexible solutions, he said.

Companies slashing IT jobs risked being ill-equipped to meet business requirements, IT consultancy Affiniti said last month in a separate report.