More good news in IT compensation trends: According to the most recent Hot Technical Skills and Certification Pay Index released by research firm Foote Partners, slightly more than half of IT professionals in North America have seen substantial pay increases that align to their specialized competencies. About 51 percent of the 54,000 respondents receive income that falls into the study’s “hot” category, which David Foote, co-founder and president and chief research officer of Foote Partners, attributes to a new talent war in the IT job market.
Surveys like these can be complicated because companies’ HR departments still haven’t quite pinned down the various kinds of IT professionals in their organizations based on what they know and do. This can be easy to determine if their skills relate directly to a particular product or provider, but harder if their proficiencies cut across technologies and even non-technical realms. “It usually comes down to a platform or vendor,” Foote said. “If it comes down to a vendor, then you’re definitely getting into the area of certification. That’s where a lot of the certifications are, frankly. But then you’ve got the vendor-independent (certifications). There are more and more of those coming out all the time, because we’re now in a world where the vendors don’t own everything. You’ve got process people like project managers.”
This confusion can lead to negative perceptions on the part of employees, who feel they’re unfairly compensated. Most workers who believe they’re not getting paid what they ought…
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