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Additional pay for IT certifications and non certified skills is being incorporated into workers’ base salaries, according to the latest research from New Canaan, Conn.-based job research firm, Foot Partners. David Foote, CEO of Foote Partners, said such salary-based tech skills pay allows employers to pay employees for skills that match actual on the job responsibilities.
Foote is well known for his firm’s hot technical skills and certification pay index. So far, 51% of 54,000 IT pros surveyed are receiving technology-related skill pay in their compensation packages, according to Foote’s firm.
Every category of non certified skills showed positive annual growth, according to Foote. The firm’s latest quarterly research covers the period of April 1 through July 1.
Among the fastest growing non certified skill areas:
- Enterprise business applications
- Application development tools
- Networking and communications
Some specific areas that are hot: NetWeaver; SAP modules: Payroll, PS, HR, SD, CA, CO, FI; and Oracle enterprise applications. WebSphere, SUN Java System Messaging Server and Microsoft .NET skills were also big performers.
Certifications are also paying well according to Foote. “Certifications continue to be worth more on average for IT workers who choose to make the effort to obtain them,” Foote said in his report.
Among the fastest growing certified skill areas:
- Apps development
Non certified skills are growing at a faster rate than certified skills. Still, employers are looking at how an applicant has used his or her skills. To get that job, you have to demonstrate you can use the skills you place on your resume.
SearchSAP will be covering Foote's research over the next week or so. Stay tuned.