Driving the strong certifications premium pay performance have been certifications relating to database, security and project management. Average premium bonus pay for these certifications increased 6 percent, 13 percent and 15.4 percent respectively from Q2 2001 to Q2 2002 (and between 13 percent and 27 percent since the fourth quarter of 2000). Also, though median pay for system/network operating systems certifications lost nearly 7 percent of their overall value in the past year, theyve grown a healthy 24 percent since late 2000. Leading the decline in stand-alone skills pay in the past 12 months: messaging/groupware skills (-30 percent); operating systems skills (-20 percent); networking/internetworking skills (-20 percent) and enterprise applications skills (-14 percent).
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David Foote is president and chief research officer at Foote Partners LLC, a management consultancy and IT workforce research firm located in New Canaan, Conn. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the positive side, database skills have held their value, eroding only 3 percent for the year ending Q2 2002 and leading all skills categories in averaging 8.5 percent of base pay in median skills premium pay. Applications development tools and languages skills made solid showings throughout most of 2001before dropping sharply in Q4 2001, losing about 7 percent of their value during the past 12 months. Thats well above the average 14.4 percent decline in overall skills pay for the same period. Web/e-commerce development skills pay also beat that overall number, dropping 11 percent in the past year. (