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Cloud skills in high demand

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25 October 2016

The top skills being sought by Irish organisations are cloud and distributed computing, statistical analysis and data mining, and web architecture and development framework skills, according to a report from LinkedIn.

The top two remain unchanged from last year, but the third, web architecture and development framework, has moved up two places from the previous report.

The top three were followed by network and information security, which was up a place, search engine optimisation and marketing, down two places, and marketing campaign management, which was a new entry.

Mobile development came in at just number 9, down a place from the previous report. Recruiting gained six places to round out the top 10.

The reason that technology skills topped the list, according to the report, is that such skills are no longer confined to the technology industry, they are needed in nearly every industry and county in the country.

The report said that the economic recovery is evident from the increased demand for marketing and recruitment skills. One of the skills that experienced a spike in hiring activity was recruitment, which the report said was in response to firms expanding during the year. Similarly, it said  professionals with marketing skills have been heavily in demand in 2016, as evidenced by Marketing Campaign Management joining the list of the top ten skills for the first time.

“While we see job applications spike on LinkedIn in October, we know companies aren’t actually hiring at the same rate until January,” said Wendy Murphy, Senior HR director, LinkedIn EMEA.

“While some skills expire every couple of years, our data highlights the ongoing demand for tech skills across every industry in Ireland. While this is good news for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math graduates, professionals going back to further education should consider these areas when considering which skills to acquire in order to be more marketable.”


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