Earning an IT certification is always worth the effort. They add luster to a resume and improve job prospects with employers who pay a premium to those with the right credentials.

Foote Partners tracks IT pay and the premiums paid for 1101 tech skills. In its recently issued report, the firm found that when premiums are paid, they average 9.6% of base pay.

Many of those premiums go to those with certifications. But there are skills so in demand that employers are offering hefty pay premiums regardless of certifications. For a handful of these, the pay premium is at least 16% and their market value, Foote reports, rose no less than 5.6% during the first half of the year.

Writing for InsiderPro, David Foote presents 15 of the hottest skills requiring no certification, ranking them in order of first, cash premium earned and second, amount of market value increase. As Foote observes, his list is heavy with security, coding, database, analytics and artificial intelligence related skills.

At the top of his list is DevSecOps, which integrates security in DevOps creating, what Foote describes as a “’Security as Code’ culture with ongoing, flexible collaboration between release engineers and security teams.”

“In DevSecOps, two seemingly opposing goals – ‘speed of delivery’ and ‘secure code’ — are merged into one streamlined process, and this make it valuable to employers,” Foote explains.

We don’t have the average pay premiums for any of the skills he lists, but putting DevSecOps at the top of the list tells us the pay bump must be substantial, since the market value increase is a modest 5.6%.

The second hot skill on his list is “Security architecture and models.” “Security architecture,” Foote says, “Is a view of the overall system architecture from a security point and how the system is put together to satisfy the security requirements… we expect security models and architecting skills to continue to be strong going forward.”

Third is RStudio, a skill growing so much in demand that premiums increased 21.4% in six months. “RStudio is an integrated development environment for R, a programming language for statistical computing and graphics, and for Python,” Foote notes. Its popularity is increasing rapidly, because of R itself, which is open source, free and versatile.

The remaining skills on his list are ties:

  • 4th place: Cryptography; herbal language processing; neural networks and grasp knowledge control – 6.3% market value increase.
  • 8th place: Cloud Foundry & Cloudera Impala – 14.3% market value increase.
  • 10th place: Apache Cassandra; synthetic intelligence (AI); cyber risk intelligence; information analytics; Google TensorFlow and predictive analytics and modeling – 6.7% market value increase.

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The Pandemic Is Altering Data Privacy Expectations

A recent EY Global Consumer Privacy Survey found that the data privacy expectations of consumers are shifting due to the pandemic and the correlating increased reliance on technology in the last year.

The survey was created to help organizations better understand how consumers’ data privacy needs are evolving by examining their attitudes towards sharing personal data and by analyzing the way their behavior is changing.

The survey and the results report addressed three critical questions and guidance for how businesses can navigate these changes:

Question 1: How do consumers expect organizations to handle their data?

The findings – deliver certainty the consumers crave. The survey found that more consumers are concerned about the security of the data they share with a company more than the actual data that is shared.

Yogen Appalraju, EY Canada Cybersecurity Leader summed the finding up saying, “Organizations that want to maximize the collection of personal data need to focus on establishing their data protection and privacy capabilities. Those that cannot provide assurance that data is collected and stored safely may start to see customers go elsewhere.”

Question 2: What do consumers want in exchange for their data?

The findings – tailor offerings to build trust. Consumers want to see a fair exchange of the value your product provides with the data they’ve shared. For example, the survey found that half of millennial consumers say they’re willing to share their browser search history with a large tech company in exchange for a more tailored and personalized online experience. However, older generations like baby boomers believe the lack of control over third-party access to data decreases the amount of trust they place in an organization.

Question 3: How is data privacy shifting for a post-pandemic world?

A unique shift in attitude towards data sharing comes as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As economies start to reopen, many businesses, schools, and organizations may require the collection of personal information to ensure health and safety. Half of the consumers polled in the survey believe the pandemic has made them more willing to give up personal data if they know it is contributing to research and/or overall community wellness.

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