SAP Skills Pay Off Big for IT Pros

By Deborah Perelman  |  Posted 2007-02-14 Print this article Print

The values of CCIE, CISSP, PMP and Web development certifications held their own in 2006, but it was nothing compared to the 15 percent income growth experienced by ERP-skilled IT workers in 2006, according to a new report.

Pay for non-certified IT skills grew 8 percent in 2006, while pay for certified skills showed flat growth, according to the most recent edition of the Hot Technical Skills and Certification Pay Index released Feb. 12 by New Canaan, Conn., IT workforce research firm Foote Partners.

"Though there was an increase in certified pay in the beginning of 2006, what we find interesting is that in the last six months, there's been a decrease in certification pay," David Foote, CEO and chief research officer of Foote Partners, told eWEEK.

In researching 143 leading IT certifications, the report found that they finished 2006 with a 0.1 percent loss in value, after losing 2 percent of their value in the last six months of 2006. Meanwhile, pay for 127 certified skills gained nearly 8 percent.

"This is obviously a disturbing trend for both independent training companies that focus on certification test preparation and the many vendors who rely on certifications to help maintain a foothold on IT departments for their products," said Foote.

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