InfoWorld: According to Foote Partners' most recent IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index, pay for non-certified IT skills has increased in 21 of the past 26 quarters while the pay premium for certified skills has dropped in 17 of the part 18 quarters. IT pros can still boost their pay by achieving certifications, but their pay increase is smaller that the pay increase for in-demand non-certified skills like Tcl and SAS development, VoIP, and business performance management.
The company says that employers are looking for IT staff with hands-on experience. "[If] an employer is facing a choice between a worker with demonstrated experience in [a] skill or a person who is less experienced by holds a certification in the same skill, I think employers will choose the experienced person and pay a higher premium for that experience," said David Foote, CEO and chief research officer of Foote Partners. "Ideally, they'd probably like to have both because certification does imply a dedication and commitment."