Market demand for specific IT skills can fluctuate quickly, as emerging trends and reviving interest in legacy systems rise and fall. And while pay for an individual role, such as data scientist, may spike upward due to a lack of qualified candidates, certain niche IT skills can become hot for a time, with organizations paying a premium for candidates with this specific skill, thanks to a change in their industry or a strategic shift in their overall business.
To keep a finger on the pulse of these premiums, Foote Partners has been tracking pay data on IT skills since 1999 to see which skills and certifications give the biggest boost at any given time. The Foote Partners quarterly IT Skills and Certification Pay Index report uses data provided by 3,305 private and public-sector employers in 83 U.S. and Canadian cities to track gains and losses in market value and pay premiums for over 1,000 tech skills and certifications.
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