The Top 10 Skills sought by employers in 2016

  | James Innes

LinkedIn has just published its list of 2016’s most in-demand skills, based on all the recruitment activity that’s taken place on the professional networking site this year. The list is dominated by technical skills, with IT, programming and software development all very much to the fore. In fact, only HR benefits and compensation, listed at number three, can be termed non-technical.

The full list is as follows:

1.       Statistical analysis and date mining.

2.       Middleware and integration software.

3.       HR benefits and compensation.

4.       Web architecture and development framework.

5.       Mobile development.

6.       Perl/Python/Ruby (programming languages)

7.       SEO/SEM marketing

8.       Network and information security

9.       Date presentation

10.   Data engineering and data warehousing

Clearly if you have any of these skills you are currently in high demand, whilst those working in related areas, or contemplating a career in these industries, may consider what they can do to acquire  the relevant knowledge and experience in order to enhance their employability.

Meanwhile, separate research published by YouGov has identified the skills most likely to help you climb the corporate ladder. As might be expected, this list is dominated by softer skills, with leadership and people management ranking first and second. They were joined on the list by listening, negotiation, being persuasive and questioning.

Clearly, the more technical skills you have, the more demand there will be for your talents from employers.  “Our data strongly suggests that demand for tech skills shows no signs of disappearing any time soon”, said LinkedIn’s Darain Faraz. However, given the YouGov research, there is also an indication that having strong technical skills in itself is not enough, if you want to be more than a highly valued and well compensated specialist. If you want to progress further in your career and ascend the corporate ladder, then traditional soft skills such as leadership and people management remain very important.

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