IT professionals with expertise in PHP, Java\/J2EE, unified communications and Microsoft SQL server technologies should see pay for their skills increase, according to Foote Partners' latest research into IT skills pay. \nThe Vero Beach, Fla.-based IT research firm recently released its ranking of the IT skills and technical certifications that increased and decreased in value during the first quarter of 2009. For more on IT skills pay, see IT Skills Pay Drops Slightly in Q1 andNew Research Reveals Highest-Paid IT Skills, Certifications During Recession.\nThe specific IT skills that rose in value during the first quarter of 2009 include:IT Skills That Increased in Value\n\nSkill\n\n\n\n\n\nPercent Increase\n\n\nLinux\n28.6%\n\n\nApache HTTP web server\n25%\n\n\nSybase Adaptive Server\n25%\n\n\nJava\/J2EE, SE, ME\n20%\n\n\nHTTP\n20%\n\n\nPHP\n14.3%\n\n\nSAP LE (Logistics Execution System)\n14.3%\n\n\nUnix (all)\n14.3%\n\n\nDocumentum\n12.5%\n\n\nMySQL\n12.5%\n\n\nVirtualization (various)\n12.5%\n\n\nSAP KW (Knowledge Warehouse)\n12.5%\n\n\nSAP LO (Logistics General)\n11.1%\n\n\nSAP Production Planning\n11.1%\n\n\nUnified Communications\/Messaging\n9.1%\n\n\nMicrosoft SQL Server\n9.1%\n\n\nSAP PLM (Product Lifecycle Management)\n9.1%\n\n\nBusiness Objects\n9.1%\n\n\nERP\n9.1%\n\n\nSAP HCM (SAP HR)\n8.3%\n\n\nProject Management\n8.3%\n\n\nSAP CO (Controlling)\n8.3%\n\n\nSAP FI (Financial Accounting)\n8.3%\n\n\nBusiness Process Management\/Modeling\/Improvement\n7.7%\n\n\nNetWeaver\n6.7%\n\n\nMicrosoft .NET \n6.3%\n\n\nOf the skills that increased in value during the first quarter of 2009, four carried over from the fourth quarter of 2008: PHP; Java\/J2EE, SE, ME; unified communications\/messaging; and Microsoft SQL server. \nThe two IT skills that declined in value during the fourth quarter of 2008 but increased in value during the first quarter of 2009 were SAP Knowledge Warehouse and NetWeaver. \nMaster data management, which grew in value by 10 percent during the fourth quarter, dropped by 9.1 percent during the first quarter. \nThe IT skills that declined in value during the first quarter are:IT Skills That Decreased in Value\n\nSkill\n\n\n\n\n\nPercent Decrease\n\n\nPowerBuilder\n50%\n\n\nAIX\n25%\n\n\nC++\n25%\n\n\nCGI\n25%\n\n\ndBase\/XBase\n25%\n\n\nNovell Groupwise\n25%\n\n\nVisual Interdev\n25%\n\n\nSAP PM (Plant Maintenance)\n20%\n\n\nDelphi\n20%\n\n\nHTML\/DHTML\n20%\n\n\nWindows Vista\/XP\n16.7%\n\n\nIPX\n16.7%\n\n\nMicrosoft Access\n16.7%\n\n\nJ.D. Edwards\n-16.7%\n\n\nMicrosoft Exchange Server\n16.7%\n\n\nMultiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)\n14.3%\n\n\nSolaris\n14.3%\n\n\nVBScript\n14.3%\n\n\nVisual C++\n14.3%\n\n\nXHTML\n14.3%\n\n\nCold Fusion\n14.3%\n\n\nSOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol)\n12.5%\n\n\nWSDL (Web Services Description Language)\n12.5%\n\n\nDB2\n11.1%\n\n\nWebSphere MQ (MQSeries)\n11.1%\n\n\nSAP SD GTS (Global Trade Systems)\n11.1%\n\n\nSAP FI - Travel Management\n10%\n\n\nRFID\n10%\n\n\nSAP CA (Cross Application)\n10%\n\n\nSAP CRM\n9.1%\n\n\nMaster Data Management\n9.1%\n\n\nBusiness Intelligence\n8.3%\n\n\nSAP MDM (Master Data Management)\n8.3%\n\n\nCRM\n8.3%\n\n\nOracle DB\/8i\/9i\/10g\/11i\n7.7%\n\n\nWireless Network Management (LANs, GSM)\n7.7%\n\n\nJust as certain IT skills shifted in value from the fourth quarter of 2008 to the first quarter of 2009, so too did specific IT certifications. For example, the Sun Certified Programmer for Java Platform, HP Certified Systems Engineer and Cisco Certified Security Professional certifications rebounded in value during the first quarter, after having experienced declines during the final months of 2008. \nThe three certifications that remained in demand from the fourth quarter of 2008 to the first quarter of this year are GIAC Certified Incident Hacker (GCIH), HP Accredited Systems Engineer and EMC Proven Professional Technology Architect - Expert.\n\n\nIT Certifications That Increased in Value\n\nCertification\n\n\n\n\n\nPercent Increase\n\n\nHP\/Certified Systems Engineer\n14.3%\n\n\nSun Certified Programmer for Java\n13.5%\n\n\nHP\/Accredited Integration Specialist (AIS)\n12.5%\n\n\nGIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)\n12.5%\n\n\nEC-Council\/Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI)\n12.5%\n\n\nEMC Proven Professional\n12.5%\n\n\nIBM Certified Specialist - Storage Networking Solutions, Version 2\n12.5%\n\n\nSystems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)\n12.5%\n\n\nHP\/Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE) \n11.1%\n\n\nGIAC Certified Incident Manager (GCIM)\n11.1%\n\n\nIBM Certified Infrastructure Systems Architect\n11.1%\n\n\nEMC Proven Professional Implementation Engineer - Expert\n11.1%\n\n\nGIAC Certified Forensics Analyst (GCFA)\n10%\n\n\nEMC GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)\n10%\n\n\nCheckPoint Certified Master Architect (CCMA)\n10%\n\n\nEMC Proven Professional Technology Architect - Expert\n9.1%\n\n\nCitrix Certified Integration Architect (CCIA)\n9.1%\n\n\nHP\/Master Accredited Systems Engineer (Master ASE) VIRT\n9.1%\n\n\nCisco Certified Security Professional (CSP)\n9.1%\n\n\nGIAC Security Expert (GSE)\/Security Leadership (GSLC)\n7.1%\n\n\nAccording to Foote Partners' research, the value of IT certifications in general has been gradually declining since the fourth quarter of 2006, while the value of "non-certified" IT skills has risen steadily since the end of 2004. Only during the past two quarters has the value of non-certified IT skills experienced a slight decline\u2014a half percent during each quarter.