ACN SALARY SURVEY: Tech training favoured above soft skilling

Respondents believe technology-specific training more valuable to career than PM, biz skills

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ACN SALARY SURVEY: Tech training favoured above soft skilling A full 57% said they had taken training courses independent of their employer.
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 28, 2014

A large majority of Gulf IT workers consider technology-specific training to be more valuable to their career path than soft skills such as project management and business knowledge, according to the Arabian Computer News Salary Survey 2014.

Some 65% said technology-specific training would help advance their careers, while 52% thought project management would make them more marketable. Other modes of training were valued by less than half those polled: business skills at 42% and people management skills at 37%.

A full 57% said they had taken training courses independent of their employer and 42% said they received ongoing training from their employer.

The ACN IT Salary Survey 2014 was an anonymous online survey run through between July and early September. It quizzed participants on a range of employment issues, including satisfaction, career intentions, staffing levels and training.

The survey was first run last year. This year's poll received 461 responses in total, with 386 (84%) describing themselves as IT professionals working in the Middle East. A full 83% had been in IT for more than five years.

The majority said they were in full time employment, with 4% in part-time roles. Respondents were found to be mainly working for large organisations; 57% were in organisations of 1,000 or more, and 29% in organisations of 100 to 1000 employees. Respondents were found to be spread across all verticals. Half had been with their current employer for up to five years and half for over five years.

Most were between the ages of 25 and 44. Some 55% said they were educated to degree level, and 40% had completed a Masters or MBA. Gender was split 90% male, 10% female, showing a significant upturn in female respondents, from only 2.9% last year.

When it came to location spread, 61% were working in the UAE and 22% in Saudi Arabia. Overall, 92% of those polled were based in the GCC. will publish a summary of the full results of the poll in early October. An in-depth report on the findings will be published in the October edition of Arabian Computer News.

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