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Fewer Employers Investing In Continuing Education

Robert Half has a new survey Discontinuing Education that shows fewer employers are reimbursing their employees for continuing education.

The question asked was:

"Does your company reimburse employees for the continuing education units needed to maintain their professional designations, such as the certified public accountant (CPA) or certified management accountant (CMA)?"

The results:

Robert Half 2012 Tuition Reimbursement Survey

46% of employers used to give full or partial tuition reimbursement and now only 26%.

Part of me hopes this is a financial services industry thing but I hear this a lot in other industries too.

With all the talk about recruiting, retention and needing a more skilled workforce to see these numbers is disappointing.

I do wonder… does this mean fewer folks are getting certifications now that they have to pay for them on their own?

If so and assuming that the demand by employers for the certifications does not diminish… I wonder if those with them will be in greater demand and see higher salaries.

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