The more than 14,000 IT and business professionals who participated in the 10th IT Skills and Salary Survey of Global Knowledge is again confirmed: both professionals and organizations benefit from IT certification. The participants mention higher productivity and a higher salary potential, fewer knowledge gaps and faster problem as advantages.
The main results of the Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Survey:
Knowledge gaps are cause for concern
More than two-thirds of IT decision-makers indicated that there is a mismatch between the skills of current employees and the knowledge that is actually needed to achieve goals. The main reason is, according to them, organizations invest enough in the development and training of employees.
The knowledge gaps lead to increased employee stress, provide a lower likelihood of achieving quality objectives, giving delays in product and service development and deployment of hardware and software, and result in lost sales.
The majority of IT decision makers indicated that the cost of certification itself payback in the form of higher productivity, faster problem solving and fewer knowledge gaps. Additionally earn certified IT professionals worldwide significantly more than their non-certified colleagues.
Certified IT decision makers in North America earn on average 8.9 percent more than their non-certified colleagues; EMEA this difference is even 13 percent. Participants in the study also indicate that there is a correlation between certification and job security and job satisfaction.
Demand for cloud and cyber security skills
The priorities of organizations are in cloud computing, cyber security, and virtualization. At the same time, it’s hard for IT decision makers to find qualified professionals in these areas.
The growing demand in these sectors often means also a higher salary for these professionals. The survey found that professionals in cyber security in total, the highest salary; the global average is €82200. Professionals in cloud computing are also in the top five, with a worldwide average salary of €70736.
The survey once again shows that there are gaps in knowledge and that organizations have difficulties in filling vacancies. This problem is exacerbated by the high rate at which individuals and organizations must work with new technologies.
The average life cycle of an IT product is getting shorter, and the knowledge gaps are getting deeper. Organizations can not buy from these problems themselves.
They should look at the organization and train their people the right skills. The needs of customers and partners change in this area continuously.