An IT Certificate is Worth Gold

//An IT Certificate is Worth Gold

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.

Pays certification

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.

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By |2017-04-11T16:57:53+00:00April 11th, 2017|Tips & Tactics|1 Comment

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  1. Daniel Omwancha September 20, 2017 at 10:41 am - Reply

    I totally agree with you on this aspect. As organizations fight for IT talent with proven skills, the business value of technical certifications is higher than ever. But choosing the right one is never an easy task. Obtaining a professional certification is an indication that you’re an expert. Its proof to employers, peers and even yourself that you speak and think in a specific language. It comes with the expectation that co-workers and decision-makers will call on you for advice and insight. Your experience and expertise will be key to a business’ growth in the face of internal and external changes. I believe there is also a difference in attitude between start-ups and SMEs compared to large enterprises. Certifications, I feel, are more important in large enterprises, whereas in smaller companies things like open source contributions and hackathon contributions are more likely to be valued. Again, the jury’s out as far as employers are concerned. If you are to really focus and specialize in one area, then getting a certification might be not only beneficial and aid your likelihood of employment, but it might also wholly be necessary.

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