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2019 IT Skills and Salary Report

Your comprehensive and global guide to what’s happening in the IT field.

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About the report

For the 12th straight year, the Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report continues to provide the most informative and revealing insights into the inner workings of worldwide IT departments. This year’s report is split into four sections—Salary and Certifications, IT Decision-Maker Insights, Professional Development and Job Satisfaction, and Looking Forward.

These reports examine data from over 12,200 survey responses of IT professionals in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region.

Report highlights

Skills gaps continue to rise, affecting 81% of North American IT departments.

IT professionals on average earned $5,000 more this year compared to 2018.

Globally, four of the five top-paying certifications are in cloud computing.

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This year, the IT Skills and Salary Report will be rolled out in four installments, allowing us to dig deeper into each topic. Check back to this section to download the new reports as they become available.

Salary and Certifications

Examine the job roles, industries, certifications and geographic locations that are associated with the highest salaries in IT.

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IT Decision-Maker Insights

Find out the biggest challenges for IT managers as they weigh in on skills gaps, budgets, hiring, training value and more.

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Professional Development and Job Satisfaction

How do tech professionals keep their skills sharp? Learn all about training preferences and how it impacts happiness in the workplace.

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Looking Forward

The top tech interest areas of 2019 are revealed and we provide opinions on the current state of IT and where things are headed.

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The value of certifications and training

Eighty-five percent of IT professionals hold at least one certification, with 66% already planning their next one. IT departments and organizations are in desperate need of new skills. Below are some free training and certification resources to help get you on the right path.

15 Top-Paying Certifications for 2019

This year’s list reveals a strong emphasis on cloud computing, cybersecurity, networking and project management. If you want a top IT salary, you should pursue these certifications.

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IT Professionals Sound Off in 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report

Check out the honest and unfiltered opinions of global IT professionals. See what our survey respondents have to say about topics like training, skills gaps, certifications, leadership and more.

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The Criticality of Skills Index™: What Type of Training Do You Need?

This free white paper discusses the Criticality of Skills Index and how it helps IT professionals identify their most important skill needs, select appropriate training, and eliminate skills gaps.

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What it Takes to Earn a Top-Paying AWS Certification

With associate and professional paths, Amazon Web Services certifications are in high demand globally and translate into some of the top salaries for IT professionals.

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How to Select the Right Certification for You

So you've decided to get certified. Great! Now what? We lay out the proper steps to take and the appropriate questions to ask when selecting your next—or first—certification.

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How to Convince Your Manager You Need Training

Whether you're requesting training for yourself or your team, be prepared to build and state your case for the business-delivering value of training.

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