LinkedIn has pulled together a list of 10 skills that are the most sought after among Australian employers, offering an added advantage for tech professionals seeking new roles in 2017.
Of the list of 10, which was based on an analysis of all the hiring that has occurred on LinkedIn since January, seven of the top skills belong to the tech industry.
Top on the list was statistical analysis and data mining, followed by SEO/SEM Marketing and middleware and integration software.
HR benefits and compensation came in fourth while network and information security as well as mobile development came in fifth and sixth consecutively.
User interface design, Web architecture and development framework, algorithm design, and corporate law and governance also made it on the hit list.
The annual list uncovers several trends about the Australia job market.
It raises the issue that demand continues to remain high for tech skills due to the fact that tech skills are now vital to all industries to stay competitive. Additionally, the need for design-led products and services has led to growth in user interface design skills which has jumped two points this year.
In addition, according to LinkedIn, soft skills are also most difficult to find compared to technical skills, according to a survey conducted by LinkedIn with hiring managers.
Majority of hiring managers (63 per cent) said they are finding it harder to find professionals with soft skills in comparison to hard skills (43 per cent).
Most hiring managers (65 per cent) said they believe that not being able to find soft skills limited their organisations productivity.
The most important soft skills they brought up were teamwork, ownership and problem-solving and the most challenging soft skills to find were ownership, strategic and problem-solving.
“The skills landscape is changing rapidly due to technology disruption,” LinkedIn A/NZ and South East Asia managing director, Cliff Rosenberg, said.
“Our data strongly suggests that tech skills will continue to be most in demand. However, professionals also need soft skills to succeed as organisations are looking for well-rounded skill sets,” Rosenberg mentioned.