“The COVID-19 pandemic has seen businesses accelerating digital transformation strategies faster than originally planned. But the ongoing IT skills gap has complicated progress, with more than half of IT decision-makers reporting that hiring for essential IT positions is “somewhat difficult or extremely difficult,” according to the Global Knowledge 2021 IT Skills and Salary report.
To bridge this gap, employers and job seekers alike are leaning on certifications, whether to train up existing staff or to provide evidence of skills in high demand. Ninety-two percent of more than 9,300 IT professionals surveyed by Global Knowledge report holding at least one certification — a 5% increase over last year’s report. Meanwhile, 64% of IT decision-makers contend that certified employees bring $10,000 or more of additional value over their non-certified counterparts…”.