Global Knowledge Announces Results of IT Salary Survey

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Cary, N.C. — Feb. 23
Global Knowledge, a provider of IT and business training, and TechRepublic, an online community for IT professionals, announced the availability of the “2009 IT Skills and Salary Report.” This year’s survey participant base included more than 14,000 IT professionals. Among the key findings:

Annual Salary Growth and Bonuses
Despite the current economic pressures, the salaries for jobs increased over last year’s findings. The average base salary increased from $73,900 in 2008 to $81,600 in 2009. Almost half (46 percent) of the survey respondents received a bonus in the past 12 months. Of those, 22 percent received between $5,000 and $10,000.

Age, Experience and Education
The average age and experience of the salary survey participants remained fairly consistent overall. However, there was an increase in the education level of this year’s survey participants. Specifically, the number of respondents having at least a four-year degree grew by eight points over last year.

Training, Certification and Job Performance

Almost 75 percent of IT professionals who attended training earned an average base salary of $82.8K, while those who did not attend training earned an average of $78.4K.

According to the salary survey, three out of four IT professionals reported an increase in productivity following the certification. Indeed, almost six out of 10 people surveyed reported that a key motivator in the decision to train in the next 12 months is to earn a certification or to recertify.

Job performance was reported as the single greatest contributing factor to a higher base pay. According to the salary survey, 87 percent who have attended training claim they are more productive in their job role. In addition, 64 percent stated the training they received had a measurable impact on their salary.

The Global Knowledge/TechRepublic 2009 salary survey was conducted online from Oct. 20 to Nov. 11, 2008.

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