Employers value individuals who are committed to professional standards and development according to BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
David Evans, Director of Membership at the Institute explains further:
“Our experience of working with employers, small and large, is that they want to hire and retain individuals who are committed to exceed professional standards. And that they are willing to pay a premium for such individuals.”
This is borne out by results from a recent survey. Conducted by the Institute which revealed that a Chartered IT Professional with a Certificate of Current Competency earns on average approximately £92,000.
“They can command such salaries because of their competence and their commitment to keep their skills current and up to date. Professional ethics and values, are all skills which are valued by employers.”
CITP provides a recognisable sign of professional integrity and dedication. IT professionals achieve CITP status through a combination of peer assessment, formal testing and are awarded a certificate of current competence. The certification remains valid for five years after which revalidation is required. They also committed to a code of conduct that outlines professional behaviours, and are accountable for meeting it.
With UK companies reporting the cost of a bad hire to be in the region of £50,0002, more organisations are looking for ways of trying to ensure that they get it right first time and hire people who fit their values and can deliver for their customers.
Richard Atkinson MBCS CITP, CIO Just Giving, says of CITP:
“It’s very important for the progression of the IT industry that we embrace professional standards. If we don’t, we will fail to earn the respect of our customers. CITP holds value for employers in developing employees to provide a greater service at every level. Helping to retain those employees through recognition, and fostering a sense of accomplishment.”