Extra pay awarded to IT and data professionals for possessing certified and noncertified IT and business skills – also known as skills pay premiums – rose only slightly for the first half of this year, or compared with one year ago.

According to the latest skills and certification report from Foote Partners, LLC -- IT Skills and Certification Pay Index -- skills premiums rose on average 1.3 percent in the first six months of 2016, and 3.2 percent in the last six months. Of the 870 skills tracked by Foote Partners, 99 skills made gains in cash market value, and 77 lost value.

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