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A new report from industry research firm Foote Partners LLC finds that the average pay for noncertified IT skills topped that for certified professionals while compensation for IT jobs increased again in the third quarter of 2007. David Foote, CEO and chief research officer at Foote Partners, calls this “a significant event” that has not occurred in the industry since 2000.
The survey includes Linux system administrators in the premium-skills category. Last month, the technology jobs site Dice reported a 30% increase in Linux job postings on its site. Along with a healthy surge in jobs, pay for Linux pros was also higher than the national average for all tech professionals, according to Dice.
In May, Foote Partners reported a 9.1% increase in average salary among 149 noncertified IT skills over the last year, according to their IT skills pay survey.
Foote believes that this represents “a key milestone of several events to come that are shaping IT workforce evolution.” Foote Partners has been reporting that pay for noncertified IT professionals has been steadily increasing, while compensation for certified IT skills has been steadily declining for more than a year.
Foote Partners LLC is an independent workforce information consultant and market research firm for the IT industry. The company is based in New Canaan, Conn.