Foote Partners today released its latest research on IT skills pay. Foote Partners' IT Skills and Certifications Index shows the individual IT skills and certifications that increased and decreased in value during the final quarter of 2008. This latest data reflects for the first time the impact of the financial crisis and economic recession on IT skills and what companies pay for them.The specific non-certified IT skills that increased in value during the fourth quarter of 2008 include:\nNetWeaver Portals (SAP EP)\nPHP \nApple OS X\/Tiger\/Leopard\nITIL\nJava\/J2EE, SE, ME\nNetWeaver PI (SAP XI) \nMaster Data Management\nUnified Communications\/Messaging\nDatabase Management\nMicrosoft SQL Server\nOracle Developer Suite\nSAP Solution Manager\nNetWeaver BI (SAP BW) MORE ON IT SKILLS\nThe 9 Hottest IT Skills for 2009\n\n5 IT Skills That Won't Boost Your Salary\n\nIT Jobs Abound&If You Have the Right Skills\nOf these seven IT skills that increased in value during the fourth quarter, NetWeaver, SAP Solution Manager, Oracle Developer Suite, Microsoft SQL Server, database management and master data management skills ranked among the highest paid non-certified IT skills in Foote Partners' research. \nThough not among the highest-paid IT skills, PHP, Apple OS X, ITIL and Java\/J2EE\/SE\/ME know-how showed some of the biggest pay increases: Pay for IT professionals with PHP and Apple OS X skills jumped 16.7 percent. Pay for ITIL and Java\/J2EE skills rose 11 percent. Pay for IT professionals with NetWeaver Portals skills grew by nearly 30 percent. \nThe pay increases in some non-certified skills were offset pay decreases for other skills. The non-certified IT skills that decreased in value during the fourth quarter of 2008, according to Foote Parnters:IT Skills that Decreased in Value \n \nSkill\n \n\n\n\n \nPercent Decrease\n\n\nATM\n32%\n\n\nNovell Netware\n30%\n\n\nTie between: Visual J++ and Perl\n28.6%\n\n\nSMTP\n 25%\n\n\nTie between C and AIX\n20%\n\n\nTie between Accelerated SAP (ASAP) and SAP PM\n16.7%\n\n\nTie among Windows Vista\/XP, WAP, WML\n14.3%\n\n\nTie among JavaBeans\/EJB, RAD\/Extreme Programming\/Agile Programming, SIP (Session Initiation Protocol)\n12.5%\n\n\nTie among Microsoft BizTalk Server, SAP KW, Tivoli\n11%\n\n\nMicrosoft Identity Integration Server\n10%\n\n\nSAP FI-Travel Management\n9%\n\n\nTie between SAP SEM and SAP Web Application Server\n8.3%\n\n\nNotably, some of the SAP skills that are among the highest-paid, such as SAP Web Application Server and SAP SEM (Strategic Enterprise Management), according to Foote Partners' research, are on the decline. Rapid application development, extreme and agile programming skills, which also rank among the highest-paid IT skills, are on the decline, too. Highest-Paid IT Certifications\nThe highest-paid IT certifications that commanded pay increases in the last three months of 2008 include:\nHighest-Paid IT Certifications That Increased in Value \n \nIT Certification\n \n\n\n\n \nPercent Increase\n\n\nBrocade Certified SAN (Fabric) Designer\n42.9%\n\n\nCisco IP Telephony Design Specialist\n25%\n \n\nMicrosoft Certified Solution Developer\n25%\n\n\nMicrosoft Certified Trainer\n25%\n\n\nCisco Certified Design Professional\n25%\n\n\nHP\/Accredited Systems Engineer\n12.5%\n\n\nPlanet3 Certified Wireless Security Professional\n11%\n\n\nMicrosoft Certified Architect\n10%\n\n\nEMC Proven Professional Technology Architect-Expert\n10%\n\n\nSNIA Certified Storage Networking Expert\n9%\n\n\nIT Certified Architect (ITCA\/Open Group)\n7.7%\n\n\nCertified Information Security Manager\n7%\n\n\nCisco Certified Internetwork Expert\n7%\n\n\n\nOther IT certifications that aren't among the highest paid, but that saw pay increases are: Other IT Certifications That Increased in Value \n \nIT Certification\n \n\n\n\n \nPercent Increase\n\n\nCompTIA Security+\n46.7%\n \n\nGIAC Security Essentials Certification\n46.7%\n\n\nCertified Ethical Hacker\n40%\n\n\nPlanet3 Certified Wireless Network Administrator\n40%\n\n\nCisco Certified Design Associate\n40%\n\n\nCompTIA Certified Technical Trainer\n33.3%\n\n\nEMC Proven Professional Technology Architect-Specialist\n28.6%\n\n\nRedHat Certified Technician\n25%\n\n\nHP\/Certified Systems Administrator\n20%\n\n\nBrocade Certified Fabric Professional\n14.3%\n\n\nGIAC Certified Incident Handler\n14.3%\n\n\nSun Certified Network Administrator for Solaris\n14.3%\n\n\nCheck Point Certified Security Administrator \n14.3%\n\n\nCitrix Certified Enterprise Administrator\n12.5%\n\n\nSNIA Certified Systems Engineer\n12.5%\n\n\nCisco IP Communications Express Specialist\n12.5%\n\n\nSecurity Certified Network Architect\n10%\n\n\nSNIA Certified Architect\n10%\n\n\n\nAmong the highest-paid IT certifications, pay for Cisco Certified Voice Professional, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and GIAC Security Expert certifications is on the decline. Pay for those certifications declined by 9.1, 7.1 and 6.7 percent respectively.