David Foote

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David Foote is a tech industry research pioneer and a frequently quoted industry authority on global tech workforce trends and multiple facets of the human capital side of technology value creation. He has spent more than two decades producing groundbreaking data-driven deep research and analysis targeting IT/business cross-skilling and technology and business management integration, while also pioneering new industry practices for more accurate compensation benchmarking and tracking/forecasting of tech skills supply and demand.

A keen predictive trends analyst, he built his reputation at Gartner, META Group and at several Silicon Valley technology and consumer products companies prior to co-founding Foote Partners in 1997. There he leads a senior team of former McKinsey & Company, Gartner, Mercer and Towers Watson analysts and consultants, and former HR, IT, and business executives and managers, in publishing continuously updated benchmark and market trends research reports supported by close research partnerships with 3,000 employers in the United States and Canada.

A popular featured opinion columnist, conference speaker, social media commentator, and regular contributor to countless print, online, radio, and television media sources, David’s research-backed forecasts and analyses reach a weekly global audience of millions of business and technology professionals.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of David Foote and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

15 hot tech skills getting hotter -- no certification required

14 IT certifications that will survive and thrive in the pandemic

14 IT certifications that will survive and thrive in the pandemic

These tech certifications not only have high value now, but employers will continue to value them as the coronavirus continues.

How the pandemic is affecting tech jobs, skills and certifications

How the pandemic is affecting tech jobs, skills and certifications

It may be too early to know exactly how COVID-19 will impact tech jobs and skills in the long run, but there are clear signs of things to come.

The 17 fastest-growing, highest-paying tech skills (no certification required)

The 17 fastest-growing, highest-paying tech skills (no certification required)

Employers are more apt to pay extra cash for noncertified tech skills compared to certifications. Here are the ones they covet the most right now, and why.

10 tech certifications that pay the highest and are still growing in value

10 tech certifications that pay the highest and are still growing in value

While pay for tech certifications has been declining overall, these certs are bucking the trend more than most.

2019 update: Fastest growing tech skills that are already earning high pay premiums

2019 update: Fastest growing tech skills that are already earning high pay premiums

Cash pay premiums for these non-certified skills are well above average and still growing in market value.

Why pay for tech certifications is declining

Why pay for tech certifications is declining

New highly-validated data from 3,305 employers reveals that the average cash market value for hundreds of tech certifications is at its lowest point since 2015.

Managing tech pros in 2019: What’s ahead and why

Managing tech pros in 2019: What’s ahead and why

2018 was the watershed year in tech labor that our analysts anticipated. A new era in managing the tech workforce has begun that will challenge even the best employers.

The 15 fastest growing tech skills that also pay better than most

The 15 fastest growing tech skills that also pay better than most

Pay premiums for these non-certified skills are well above average and are still growing in cash market value.

Top 10 fastest growing, highest paying tech skills – and no certification required

Top 10 fastest growing, highest paying tech skills – and no certification required

Market values of these noncertified skills pay well above average and were still growing in cash pay premiums in the first half of 2018.

Cash pay premiums for tech certifications in 2018: Highest paying, fastest growing at 3,188 employers

Cash pay premiums for tech certifications in 2018: Highest paying, fastest growing at 3,188 employers

Average market values for 451 tech certifications rose for a second straight calendar quarter following four consecutive quarterly losses. Here is what’s driving it upward.

Why 2018 will be a dramatically different year for tech labor

Why 2018 will be a dramatically different year for tech labor

My take on the tech labor market in 2018—informed by 3,150 research partner employers in the U.S. and Canada—is that it will be conspicuously different than any year in recent history. Unusually so.

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