LinkedIn, the business-oriented social network, has revealed the 25 top skills that got Irish professionals hired last year.
It is the first year that LinkedIn has conducted the research in Ireland, which revealed cloud and distributed computing as the most desirable skill for Irish employers.
Technology dominated the top skills with statistical analysis, search engine optimisation, middleware, and network security making up the remainder of the top five.
Speaking about the research, senior HR director for LinkedIn Europe, Middle East and Africa, Wendy Murphy, highlighted the importance of technology skills.
“Technology skills are highly valued by Irish employers, which may not come as a complete surprise given the growth in the sector in Ireland last year. It is a positive sign though for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates that there is still huge demand for professionals with these skills," Ms Murphy said.
LinkedIn generated the list by analysing all of the recruiting and hiring activity that occurred on the site.
Ms Murphy continued, saying that the option of retraining into some of the most desirable skills is an option for Irish employees.
“For anyone looking to retrain, the top 25 skills gives a good sense of what employers are looking for when considering going back to further education. We would encourage people to ensure that they include their skills on their profile to make it easier for potential employers to find them," Ms Murphy said.
The list is as follows:
|1||Cloud and Distributed Computing|
|2||Statistical Analysis and Data Mining|
|4||Middleware and Integration Software|
|5||Network and Information Security|
|6||Web Architecture and Development Frameworks|
|7||Data Engineering and Data Warehousing|
|9||IBM Mainframes and Systems|
|10||Software Revision Control Systems|
|11||Software Modeling and Process Design|
|14||Microsoft Application Development|
|15||SAP ERP Systems|
|18||User Interface Design|
|19||Mac, Linux and Unix Systems|
|20||Electronic and Electrical Engineering|
|22||HR Benefits and Compensation|
|23||Database Management and Software|
|25||Shell Scripting Languages|