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2021

IT Skills and Salary Report

A Comprehensive Guide to IT Salaries, Certifications, Challenges, and Future Outlooks

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One of the Largest Worldwide IT Reports

For the 16th straight year, the Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report is one of the largest studies of industry salaries, certifications, skills and more. It's used by IT professionals, human resource leaders , journalists, analysts, and industry experts.

This year’s report examines data from 9,325 IT professionals in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region.​

Some of the topics covered in the report:

  • Highest-paying certifications
  • Salary trends by job function
  • Why IT professionals quit their jobs
  • Challenges IT leaders face
  • The costs of skills gaps to organizations
  • Individual and organizational benefits of certification
  • Obstacles organizations face in upskilling their workforce

Heads up! The 2022 IT Skills and Salary Survey is open! Take the survey and contribute to one of the largest global studies of IT salaries, skills and certifications. Click here to take the survey.

 
Report highlights
76 percent

76% of IT decision-makers experience critical skills gaps on their teams, a 145% increase since 2016.

92 percent

92% of all respondents say they have at least one certification, an increase from recent years. 

80 percent

80% reported benefits of certification include faster performance, higher engagement, and better work outcomes.

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The value of certifications and training

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.

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15 Top-Paying Certifications for 2021

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

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

This free white paper discusses the Skills Development Index and how it helps IT professionals identify their most select appropriate training and eliminate skills gaps.

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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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What it Takes to Earn a Top-Paying AWS Certification

Amazon Web Services certifications are in high demand globally and translate into some of the top salaries for IT professionals. But how do you get one?

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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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10 Benefits of IT Certification for You (and Your Employer)

IT certification validates a professional’s skills and improves job prospects. But what about the benefits to employers? Read this article to find out more.

It’s a Win-Win

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Infographic: Key Stats of the IT Skills and Salary Report

Short on time? Learn key highlights of the IT Skills and Salary Report in minutes with this infographic, featuring data on the value of certifications and impact of skills gaps.

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