Certifications can still lead to higher salaries, but for IT professionals, business skills are becoming just as
valuable, according to the third-quarter IT Skills and Certification Pay Index
report from Foote Partners.
In the report, released Nov. 29, Foote
Partners found that only 5 percent of the certified skills in its index saw a
pay increase from last year, compared with 13 percent of noncertified skills.
The third-quarter study showed that
salaries of professionals with IT certifications and those with specific
business skills were flattening, similar to the trend observed in the second-quarter skills and certification report.
Foote Partners monitor approximately 2,200 employers and more than 120,000 jobs
to compile the report each quarter.
Overall, pay for noncertified skills
declined slightly in the third quarter, continuing the slide first observed last
quarter after more than a year of steady gains, according to Foote Partners. Pay
for IT certifications continued declining, hitting a 12-year low this quarter.
However, a handful of specific skills and specialized certifications continued
to see salary gains.
“The average market value for 274
noncertified skills dipped slightly from July to October for the second
consecutive quarter,” the report found, also noting that “pay premiums for 240
IT certifications continued their downward trend for a fifth straight
The application development/programming
category and the systems administration and engineering category both grew in
overall market value, thanks to salary increases for IT professionals with
specialist certifications from Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Red Hat
and Microsoft, the report found.
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