IT companies increasingly invest in training and assessment for staff.

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IT employers are increasingly investing in training and assessment for staff, according to a new survey by computer-based testing company Pearson VUE.

A global survey of more than 29,000 IT professionals who took a certification exam in the last 12 months found that 56 percent were paid for by employers--an increase of 6 percent compared with the company's previous annual survey--and only 3 in 10 exams (30.5 percent) were paid for by the individual test-taker.

The majority of those surveyed had experienced professional benefits from completing their certification, with over 6 in 10 (64.9 percent) stating that obtaining certification had a positive impact on their professional reputation. A fifth (22.6 percent) said they had moved into a career in IT as a result, and almost a fifth (17.7 percent) said it helped them get a salary increase.

More than a third (36.9 percent) said the certification helped them perform complex tasks more confidently and a fifth (21.6 percent) said it helped improve their performance review ratings.

More than 8 in 10 of those surveyed (81 percent) had take a training course--either...

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