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Want to get a fantastic job? You should have these 10 vital skills

21st Oct 16 9:40 am

Top skills of 2016 revealed

Believe it or not statistical Analysis and data Mining are the top skills you need to crack a good job, according to LinkedIn.

The professional network ranked skills that are most sought after by employers in 18 countries worldwide.

According to this year’s ranking, tech skills remain in high demand amongst the UK’s employers, driven by the ever-growing need to understand data and boost innovation across a wide range of industries. Computer programming languages “Perl/Python/Ruby” and “Network and Information Security” are both new entrants to the list this year.  

The most challenging ‘soft skills’ to find according to UK recruiters, are: ownership, strategic thinking, communication and persistence. More than three in five (61 per cent) agreed that soft skills are difficult to find, and that this limits their organisation’s productivity (56 per cent).

“Whilst some skill sets inevitably come and go according to industry shifts, our data strongly suggests that demand for tech skills shows no signs of disappearing any time soon,” says LinkedIn’s Darain Faraz. “We have also seen “HR Benefits and Compensation” leap 18 places to feature in the UK’s Top Skills list this year. Our recent Work Satisfaction Survey found that only 40 per cent of UK professionals feel fulfilled at work, so it’s reassuring to see that businesses are focussing on recruiting a winning HR team to ensure staff satisfaction is priority.”

LinkedIn’s annual Top Skills list is developed by analysing all recruitment activity on the site from the year to date. In the UK, “Statistical Analysis and Data Mining” topped the list of most in demand skills for the second year running. The Top Skills of 2016 in the UK are:

1)    Statistical Analysis and Data Mining

2)    Middleware and Integration Software

3)    HR Benefits and Compensation

4)    Web Architecture and Development Framework

5)    Mobile Development

6)    Perl/Python/Ruby

7)    SEO/SEM Marketing

8)    Network and Information Security

9)    Data Presentation

10) Data Engineering and Data Warehousing

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