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BLOOMINGTON, MN, March 14, 2016 – More employers across the USA are investing in their IT staff by paying for training and certification exams than previously – and employees are benefiting from the rewards – according to new research.
A US survey of over 5,000 IT professionals who took a certification exam in the last 12 months through computer-based testing leader Pearson VUE found that over half (52 percent) had their training paid for by employers and half (50 percent) had their exams paid for by employers – an annual increase of 10% compared with a survey carried out by Pearson VUE in 2014.
Many IT professionals are benefiting professionally from their employers’ investment, with 6 in 10 (59 percent) stating that obtaining certification had a positive impact on their professional profile. Additionally, nearly 60 percent of respondents reported that certification helped them perform in their job more confidently and efficiently.
"Our research shows that IT employers in the USA recognize the value of their staff gaining further qualifications as a boost to their careers, because this benefits the employer as well in terms of productivity and efficiency,” said Bob Whelan, managing director of Pearson VUE. “Many are immediately benefiting from training and certification, so much so that nearly 90 percent intend to obtain an additional certification in the next year.” The US results were part of a global survey of nearly 27,000 IT exam candidates in 180 countries around the world.