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Pandemic Drives Shortage of Technology Skills

Offering secure online exams will help certification bodies continue to increase the scale of their programs

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Questionmark–The pandemic has caused employers to embrace digital technology like never before. But many are struggling to find the technical talent they need to make the most of it. Questionmark, the online assessment provider, can help certification bodies continue to help meet the demand for more technical skills by making it easier and more secure to test candidates online.

Researchers have cited a lack of tech talent as the biggest global barrier to the adoption of new technologies in the workplace.1 The number of job vacancies in the UK technology sector has reached its highest level since 2016.2 But attracting and securing technical talent has never been more challenging.

The increased demand for modern technology skills creates a huge opportunity for IT certification providers. Employers are looking to invest in a wider range of relevant skills and workers are recognizing the value of certifications to their career development. Certification bodies are helping to meet this increase in demand by scaling up their programs.

John Kleeman, Founder of Questionmark, said, “The pandemic has increased the scale of digital acceleration across the workforce. But firms can only take advantage of new technologies if their technical teams have the skills to make use of the latest innovations. And that talent is in short supply.

“Certification providers are working hard to help meet the skills shortage by offering more certifications and delivering them more quickly. A great way of reaching more candidates more quickly is to deliver secure online exams.”

Questionmark provides certification bodies with enterprise-grade technology that frictionlessly integrates all aspects of delivering an assessment into one platform. It is:

  • Adaptable and easy to use: it is easy to create content and adapt questions. The platform allows worldwide use and rapidly compiles results. Patterns and trends are easy to spot.
  • Secure online environment: the platform’s proctoring gateway enables the test setter to integrate the right anti-cheating solution, depending on the stakes of the assessment.
  • Frictionless: integration of ecommerce, reporting and digital badging for successful candidates is smooth and easy.

www.questionmark.com/questionmark-certification-hub/

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About Questionmark

Questionmark unlocks performance through reliable and secure online assessments.

Questionmark provides a secure enterprise-grade assessment platform and professional services to leading organizations around the world, delivered with care and unequalled expertise. Its full-service online assessment tool and professional services help customers to improve their performance and meet their compliance requirements. Questionmark enables organizations to unlock their potential by delivering assessments which are valid, reliable, fair and defensible.

Questionmark offers secure powerful integration with other LMS, LRS and proctoring services making it easy to bring everything together in one place. Questionmark’s cloud-based assessment management platform offers rapid deployment, scalability for high-volume test delivery, 24/7 support, and the peace-of-mind of secure, audited U.S., Australian and European-based data centers.


1 https://www.zdnet.com/article/the-shortage-of-tech-workers-is-about-to-become-an-even-bigger-problem-for-everyone/
2 https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252502552/Tech-sector-hiring-reaches-highest-level-in-five-years

Contacts

For more information:

US: Kristin Bernor, external relations: Kristin.bernor@questionmark.com +1 203.349.6438

UK: Peter Sigrist: peter.sigrist@fourteenforty.uk +44 7720 056 981

Australia and New Zealand: Chelsea Dowd: chelsea.dowd@questionmark.com +61 2 8073 0527

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Remote Workers Fear Missing Out on Promotions

Employers must not take an “out of sight, out of mind” approach to team decisions

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Questionmark–Some 60 percent of remote workers fear that working from home could hinder their career development.1 As firms continue with hybrid working arrangements, employers risk making decisions about promotions and development based on who they see most often, rather than who is best for the job.

Questionmark, the online assessment provider, warns employers to ensure managers are given the right tools, training and data they need to make fair decisions, and avoid unconscious bias, which may take many forms.

“Proximity bias” is an unconscious tendency to favor those who we see regularly. Increasingly-popular hybrid working arrangements mean teams are more likely to be working from different locations. This could lead to those who work remotely, or who are not in the office at the same time as relevant decision makers, being disadvantaged.

Neil McGough, General Manager of Questionmark, said: “Now more than ever, employers need to put the right people in the right roles. In a world where teams are disparate, they cannot allow themselves to fall into an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentality. They must ensure that decisions on promotions, team structures and career development are based on real evidence.”

By checking the skills of workers through online tests and assessments, employers obtain real information about the strengths and weaknesses of individual team members. This can help them challenge any unconscious biases, including proximity bias, and make important people decisions, such as promotions and internal appointments, based on real information. This makes it easier to promote the right people and create appropriate career development opportunities for each team member.

The Questionmark enterprise-grade platform makes assessment content easy to create and adapt. The platform automatically marks papers and instantly compiles results. It is easy to spot trends and patterns. When the stakes are high, the platform provides a range of anti-cheating measures.

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About Questionmark


Questionmark unlocks performance through reliable and secure online assessments. Questionmark provides a secure enterprise-grade assessment platform and professional services to leading organizations around the world, delivered with care and unequalled expertise. Its full-service online assessment tool and professional services help customers to improve their performance and meet their compliance requirements. Questionmark enables organizations to unlock their potential by delivering assessments which are valid, reliable, fair and defensible.

Questionmark offers secure powerful integration with other LMS, LRS and proctoring services making it easy to bring everything together in one place. Questionmark’s cloud-based assessment management platform offers rapid deployment, scalability for high-volume test delivery, 24/7 support, and the peace-of-mind of secure, audited U.S., Australian and European-based data centers.


1 https://www.siliconrepublic.com/advice/proximity-bias-remote-working

Contacts

US: Kristin Bernor, external relations: Kristin.bernor@questionmark.com +1 203.349.6438

UK: Peter Sigrist: peter.sigrist@fourteenforty.uk +44 7720 056 981

Australia and New Zealand: Chelsea Dowd: chelsea.dowd@questionmark.com +61 2 8073 0527

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Career Development Is Essential to Improving the “Employee Experience”

Internal certification programs make career development meaningful and measurable

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Questionmark–As high numbers of workers look set to change jobs as part of the “great resignation”, employers are upping the ante on staff retention by seeking ways to improve the “employee experience”.

Questionmark, the online assessment provider, is urging managers to put career development at the heart of that employee experience in 2022 — or risk losing staff.

In a bid to retain the best talent, employers have been focusing on making changes to the workplace environment and improving relationships between team members and managers. Yet a new survey of American workers reveals that career development remains the most important retention factor. Nearly two thirds (64 percent) say they would leave their job in 2022, citing a lack of growth, training, and development opportunities.1

Neil McGough, General Manager of Questionmark, said: “A company’s culture plays a pivotal role in employee retention. There is a view that the only way employers can stave off the threat of the ‘great resignation’ is to look with fresh eyes at the ‘employee experience’. Yet workers remain consistent that their number one demand is career development. It is essential that employers re-invest in their teams and find a way to increase a sense of career development across their organizations.”

Career development works best when it is meaningful and measurable. By issuing internal certificates and digital badges, underpinned by robust assessment or skills development, employers can help team members mark and recognize their progress.

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About Questionmark

Questionmark unlocks performance through reliable and secure online assessments.

Questionmark provides a secure enterprise-grade assessment platform and professional services to leading organizations around the world, delivered with care and unequalled expertise. Its full-service online assessment tool and professional services help customers to improve their performance and meet their compliance requirements. Questionmark enables organizations to unlock their potential by delivering assessments which are valid, reliable, fair and defensible.

Questionmark offers secure powerful integration with other LMS, LRS and proctoring services making it easy to bring everything together in one place. Questionmark’s cloud-based assessment management platform offers rapid deployment, scalability for high-volume test delivery, 24/7 support, and the peace-of-mind of secure, audited U.S., Australian and European-based data centers.


1 https://www.inc.com/rebecca-deczynski/employee-training-upskilling-retention-survey.html

Contacts

US: Kristin Bernor, external relations: Kristin.bernor@questionmark.com +1 203.349.6438

UK: Peter Sigrist: peter.sigrist@fourteenforty.uk +44 7720 056 981

Australia and New Zealand: Chelsea Dowd: chelsea.dowd@questionmark.com +61 2 8073 0527

Demand for IT Certifications Grow as Tech Transformation Gathers Pace

Certification bodies must speedily deliver programs at scale to meet demand

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TRUMBULL, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#IT–Technical certifications are increasingly in demand with 87% of IT employees possessing at least one and 40% pursuing their next.1 According to Questionmark, the online assessment provider, certification bodies must ensure they can quickly deliver, and robustly assess, their programs to meet new levels of demand.

With the rapid advancement of workplace tech over the last year, 75% of IT decision makers are struggling to find the skills they need to meet new challenges.2 Certifications can help equip workers with new skills and enable employers to retain the best staff.

Technical certifications provide benefits for employers and workers:

  • 65% of IT solutions providers agree that having certified staff generates more business.3
  • 94% of IT decision makers worldwide say that certified team members provide above and beyond the cost of certifications.4
  • 61% of companies noticed the economic benefit to them of having certified individuals was greater than US$10,000 per annum per certified person.5
  • 67% of workers agree that getting certified has increased their ability to solve problems.6

John Kleeman, Founder of Questionmark, said: “Research shows that adding certified people to teams increases revenue. With the advantages of certifications increasingly clear to employers and individuals, future demand is likely to be greater than ever before.

“To take advantage of this demand, certification bodies must be able to deliver, and robustly assess, their programs at speed and scale.”

Questionmark provides certification bodies with enterprise-grade technology that frictionlessly integrates all aspects of delivering an assessment into one platform. It is:

  • Adaptable and easy to use: it is easy to create content and adapt questions. The platform instantly marks papers and compiles results. Patterns and trends are easy to spot.
  • Secure online environment: the platform’s proctoring gateway enables the test setter to integrate the right anti-cheating solution, depending on the stakes of the assessment.
  • Frictionless integration: of ecommerce, reporting and digital badging for successful candidates.

www.questionmark.com/questionmark-certification-hub/

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About Questionmark

Questionmark unlocks performance through reliable and secure online assessments.

Questionmark provides a secure enterprise-grade assessment platform and professional services to leading organizations around the world, delivered with care and unequalled expertise. Its full-service online assessment tool and professional services help customers to improve their performance and meet their compliance requirements. Questionmark enables organizations to unlock their potential by delivering assessments which are valid, reliable, fair and defensible.

Questionmark offers secure powerful integration with other LMS, LRS and proctoring services making it easy to bring everything together in one place. Questionmark’s cloud-based assessment management platform offers rapid deployment, scalability for high-volume test delivery, 24/7 support, and the peace-of-mind of secure, audited U.S., Australian and European-based data centers.


1 https://images.globalknowledge.com/wwwimages/web/salary-report/current/it-skills-salary-report-2020-global-knowledge-en-ww.pdf
2 https://images.globalknowledge.com/wwwimages/web/salary-report/current/it-skills-salary-report-2020-global-knowledge-en-ww.pdf
3 https://itcertcouncil.org/the-value-of-certification/
4 https://images.globalknowledge.com/wwwimages/web/salary-report/current/it-skills-salary-report-2020-global-knowledge-en-ww.pdf
5 https://www.questionmark.com/nine-interesting-findings-from-the-itcc-value-of-certification-white-paper/
6 https://itcertcouncil.org/the-value-of-certification/

Contacts

For more information:

US: Kristin Bernor, external relations: Kristin.bernor@questionmark.com +1 203.349.6438

UK: James Boyd-Wallis: james.boyd-wallis@fourteenforty.uk +44 7793 021 607

Australia and New Zealand: Chelsea Dowd: chelsea.dowd@questionmark.com +61 2 8073 0527