IT Job Opportunities Are On the Rise
In recent years the number of IT jobs has grown substantially. In the UK alone, 100,000 new IT jobs have been created since 2012. And from 2015 to 2016, IT job postings increased 10% in the UK, reaching 1.3 million postings. In other words, 1 in 10 of all UK job postings are IT positions.
However, with so much opportunity comes plenty of competition. To stand apart from the crowd, IT professionals must continually hone their skills to gain an edge over competition. IT certifications are one of the most valuable tools one can acquire to accomplish this.
Whether you’re a seasoned IT pro or just getting started in your career, here are four reasons to get an IT certification:
1. Make a strong impression with hiring managers.
96% of HR managers use IT certifications as a screening or hiring criteria when recruiting new employees. With an IT certification, you have an opportunity to make a strong first impression during the hiring process.
2. Qualify for your dream job.
72% of employers require IT certifications for certain job openings. 8 out of 10 HR execs verify certifications among job candidates. And In addition, 91% of employers believe IT certifications are a reliable predictor of a successful employee. With an IT certification, you’ll be able to demonstrate that you are a qualified applicant with a strong potential for success.
3. Turbocharge your work performance.
Businesses which hire staff with IT certifications report a significant improvement in performance compared to non-certified employees. These businesses typically report:
- 17% improvement in IT team efficiency
- 26% reduction in mean time to repair outages
- Over 50% reduction in time to create new applications
4. Earn more income.
Employees with IT certifications report a 15% higher average income compared to non-certified employees. They also receive more responsibility and report more opportunities for advancement in their careers.
Which IT Certification Should I Get?
At Hudson, the majority of our certification programs are online, self-paced courses. This lets you fit your training around your life, and learn at your convenience. Here are some of our most popular online IT certification courses:
This course bundle is aimed at anyone looking to gain entry into the IT field as an IT Support Technician. Support Technicians are the backbone of any IT department.
Complete IT Certification Bundle
This course bundle contains 41 certification courses covering a wide range of areas from basic IT repair and maintenance, to advanced technical areas such as IT Security, Cisco Networking, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Applications Development, and more.
IT Security Specialist Certification Bundle
IT security skills are in high demand. In 2016, UK listings for IT security positions grew 46% over the previous year. And in 2016, the average salary for IT security employees rose across 10 key UK cities, reaching £62,596 in London. CompTIA reports that 40% of companies are in need of staff with IT security skills.
CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Security+
Businesses report that employees with Comptia A+ and CompTIA Security+ certifications perform better than non-certified employees and are more confident, knowledgeable, and reliable. Certified staff also reach job proficiency more quickly and perform at a higher level.
MCSA and MCSE Certification Bundle
Microsoft certified job candidates are hired up to 25% faster than non-certified peers, and are normally up to speed in their role one month sooner.
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- Technative Q4 2016 Report
- CompTIA Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification Report
- IDC White Paper: “IT Certifications: Short Road to Valuable Positions” 2015
- ManPower Group Q4 2016 Tech Cities Job Watch
- CompTIA Research Brief February 2017: The Future of IT Skills”
- Microsoft and CompTIA websites