Market Value Gains for IT Skills in North America

The Q2-2014 IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index, produced and distributed by Foote Partners, reports fifth-consecutive market gains for both certified and non-certified IT skills. In terms of salary, research shows that employed professionals received modest pay increases for numerous technical abilities last summer: 374 non-certified skills rose 0.54% in value, while 337 IT certifications, also known as “skills premium,” shot up 0.85%.

In the past five years, only once has the market shown quarter-to-quarter gains like this. In fact, IT certification values have consistently declined since 2006. In total, 85 IT skills grew in full market value, only one-third of which require certification. Nevertheless, all eight segments exhibited growth—something that hasn’t happened since 2004. These segments include Networking and Communications, Web Development, Applications Development and Programming Language, System Administration and Engineering, Architecture and Project Management, Database as well as Information Security.

The charts below reflect the market gains experienced in Q2-2014. To see these charts in context, or to read the full report, click for the Foote Partners’ PDF.

Foote Partners Report

For more information pertaining to vendor-sponsored and vendor-neutral certification programs, visit two of our earlier posts: “Can IT Training Land You a Higher Salary?” and “Why Accreditation Matters to Employers.

About FlexStaf-IT

FlexStaf-IT is a Canadian-based organization that connects qualified I.T. personnel with companies offering short- or long-term contract assignments, permanent placement positions, and fully managed end-to-end I.T. project solutions.
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