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New Research Reveals Highest-Paid It Skills and Certifications During the Recession

The new Foote Partners IT Skills and Certifications Index highlights the individual IT skills and certifications that increased and decreased most significantly in value during the final quarter of 2008. This latest data reflects for the first time the impact of the financial crisis and economic recession on IT skills and what companies are willing to pay for them. The article provides a line-by-line review of the non-certified and certified IT skills that increased and decreased the most in value during 4Q 2008, as well as a summary of the highest-paid non-certified and certified IT skills.

The specific non-certified IT skills that increased the most in value during 4Q 2008 include: NetWeaver Portals (SAP EP), PHP, Apple OS X/Tiger/Leopard, ITIL and Java/J2EE, SE, ME. Of the IT skills that increased the most in value during the fourth quarter, NetWeaver, SAP Solution Manager, Oracle Developer Suite, Microsoft SQL Server, database management and master data management skills ranked among the highest paid non-certified IT skills. Though not among the highest-paid IT skills, PHP, Apple OS X, ITIL and Java/J2EE/SE/ME skills showed some of the biggest pay increases. Pay for IT professionals with PHP and Apple OS X skills jumped 16.7%, while pay for ITIL and Java/J2EE skills rose 11%. On the other hand, the pay increases in some non-certified skills were offset by pay decreases for other skills.

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