[Author’s Note: This is the second in a series highlighting the highest paying and fastest growing certified and noncertified tech skills at 3,000 U.S. and Canadian employers.]

Why would an employer pay its tech workers extra cash for a skill or certification if they’re already getting a salary and annual bonus?

This is always the key question when it comes to understanding pay premiums for certified and noncertified tech skills. My last column suggested one of many reasons — salary compression — but observed that if employers had more agile compensation structures and flexible pay practices, they would be better prepared for navigating the highly volatile technology labor market.

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