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 exceeding 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 pa1.

David adds: “They can command such salaries because of their competence, their commitment to keeping their skills current and up to date and to professional ethics and values, all of 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 and formal testing and are awarded a certificate of current competence which remains valid for five years after which revalidation is required. They also commit 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 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, and in helping to retain those employees through recognition, and fostering a sense of accomplishment.”

1/ The BCS membership survey was conducted between 30 January to 4 March, a personalised email was sent to 52,709 BCS members inviting them to take part in the survey. The number of completed responses received is 4,733, a response rate of 9%.
2/ Study from CareerBuilder Nov 2012