The 10 most sought-after job skills in Australia

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Claire Whiddett

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31st Oct 16

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The 10 most sought-after job skills in Australia

The skills in demand by Australian employers are changing rapidly, according to research by LinkedIn.

Cliff Rosenberg, the Australian head of LinkedIn, says the technology disruption is behind the change.

'Out data strongly suggests that tech skills will continue to be most in demand,' he says.

'However, professionals also need soft skills to succeed as organisations are looking for well-rounded skill sets.'

Analysis of the recruiting activity on LinkedIn since January shows several trends about the Australia job market, including high deman for tech skills. 

Here are the skills that are most sought after among Australia employers according to LinkedIn:

  • Statistical analysis and data mining
  • SEO/SEM marketing
  • Middleware and integration software
  • HR benefits and compensation
  • Network and information security
  • Mobile development
  • User interface design
  • Web architecture and development framework
  • Algorithm design
  • Corporate law and governance

Soft skills are also difficult to find compared to technical, according to a survey of hiring managers by LinkedIn.

The most important soft skills are teamwork, ownership and problem-solving.

Critical soft skills missing or under-developed: empathy, problem solving and creativity, and fostering collaboration and innovation.

Chris Pash

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