Non-Certified Skill Areas with Greatest Pay IncreaseNo. 1: Methodology/Process Management
IT certifications have lost their pricing power. Foote Partners reports that pay premiums for certifications are at their lowest point in 12 years, while non-certified skills are commanding more money. The IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index for the first quarter of 2011 shows 252 noncertified IT skills garnering a fifth consecutive pay gain, while 231 certifications saw declines again. “Being able to execute, work well as a member of a team, and prove that you have what it takes to get stuff done is what organizations covet most in their workers,” says David Foote, Foote Partners’ CEO and Chief Research Officer. “There are hundreds of skills that may not have certifications that are valued more highly by employers. If there is a choice between a worker with demonstrated experience or a person who is less experienced but holds a certification in the same skill, employers are choosing the experienced person and paying a premium for that experience. Ideally they’d probably like to have both.”
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