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ME IT professionals more likely to pay for own training

Pearson VUE survey shows IT exam candidates in region 30% more likely to pay for training themselves

ME IT professionals more likely to pay for own training
The Pearson VUE survey found that professional certification gained benefits within six months.

IT professionals in the Middle East are 30% more likely to pay for their own certification exams than the average global candidate, according to a survey by Pearson Vue.

The survey of IT exam candidates found that half paid for their own testing.

Over six in ten Middle Eastern IT exam candidates who responded to the survey said the qualification they gained had a positive impact on their professional image or reputation. More than half saw their first professional benefit within six months of achieving certification and a fifth experienced the benefits immediately.

The survey of over 1,000 respondents conducted by computer-based testing leader Pearson VUE found that almost 75% of the IT professionals decided to embark on training and certification to improve their professional profile, while over six in ten said that improving their resume was the biggest motivator for taking a test.

Matthew Poyiadgi, Vice President EMEA at Pearson VUE, said: "Our research clearly shows that Middle Eastern IT professionals are keen to gain further qualifications as a boost to their careers. Many are immediately reaping the rewards of training and certification, so in that context it is understandable that over 90% intend obtaining an additional certification in the next year.

"In a globalised economy, the days of simply completing a degree and then pursuing a linear career are over. Middle Eastern IT professionals have realised that to stay relevant and professionally attractive to employers it is now vital to re-train throughout their careers and embark on regular role-relevant training and assessment."

The results were part of a global survey of over 30,000 IT exam candidates in 184 countries around the world conducted by Pearson VUE.

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