AUTHOR: Daisy Wallace

To make sure our course content is as relevant and focused as it possibly can be, we love to stay up to date with all the latest industry trends.

One place we can be sure of great insight is any conference held by our partners at CompTIA. This month we heard from James Stanger about the reasons employers look for certified staff to fill positions at every level. Here's what he shared with us...

4 reasons employers look for certified staff

CompTIA’s HR Perception of IT Training and Certification Study, shows that 91% of employers believe that IT certs play a key role in the hiring process and are a reliable indicator of a good candidate. If you are wondering why, here are four key reasons, as outlined by the survey.


1. Certifications help employers fill open positions

93% of recruiters find it difficult to match the right candidate to the correct job opening. This is especially concerning during the current skills crisis, in which a lack of workers is severely affecting business productivity. I’ve found that most individuals who aren’t certified don’t have as good of a handle on how today’s technology is adopted and used in the industry.

When you hold a relevant IT certification, you’ve done more than prove that you know technology. You’ve proven that you know how technology has been adopted and used by business today. And when hiring managers and recruiters see certifications, they can reduce the number of unqualified resumes they receive, making it easier to fill their vacancies.

Currently, 72% of employers require certifications for certain IT jobs, and 92% of HR professionals have certifications themselves. This shows that the people responsible for hiring hold certifications in high regard, and so should you.


2. Certified IT professionals make great employees

Employers agree that certified employees perform better and earn more recognition compared to non certified staff.

From the perspective of an employer:


  • 90% agree that IT certified staff are more likely to be promoted
  • 89% think IT certified staff perform better in the same roles as non certified staff
  • 89% believe they are more likely to stay with their organisation
  • 88% say that IT certified employees are rewarded for obtaining IT certifications – e.g., pay increases


3. IT certifications have grown in importance

Certifications are a good baseline validation of what employees learn, and this can be seen in their performance. Because of this, 94% of HR managers expect IT certs to grow in importance over the next two years as compared to only 84% who said the same thing in 2013.


4. Training alone is not enough

Employers agree that you need a certification to validate your skills. In fact, 88% of employers believe it’s important to test after training to confirm knowledge gains. In doing so, employees validate their skills and demonstrate that they have learned new abilities in a way that training alone cannot.

With the number of vacant IT positions expected to increase by 17% by 2022, driven by the lack of skilled professionals available, it’s inevitable that IT certifications will continue to play a significant role in the hiring process. New entrants into the industry must be able to prove their skills and show they can work at the forefront of the most rapidly evolving industry in the world.


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