The most in-demand skills of 2018 are out, and one thing’s for sure, there’s certainly a trend in place. These are the skills LinkedIn are reporting to be most sought after by organisations, as we get into 2018. So if you’ve got the experience or education – even partially – related to these skills, you need to update your LinkedIn profile pronto. Take a look below…

MOST WANTED soft skills

First up however, the skills that EVERYONE can brush up on…. RIGHT NOW! What we call ‘soft skills’ these are the critical skills applicable to any role, and which employers are saying are key for their hiring decisions in 2018. In fact, over 57% of business leaders reckon soft skills play a bigger role than ‘hard skills’ (or role-specific, technical skills)… which is pretty amazing. Below are the soft skills keenly sought after by business leaders, right now… (Is it about time YOU did a soft skills audit?)

1. Leadership
2. Communication
3. Collaboration
4. Time Management
MOST WANTED hard skills

Now, let’s take a look at the ‘hard skills’ organisations are searching for in 2018. These are the technical skills required to fulfil roles in key job families. Using LinkedIn member data and open jobs, take a look at the in-demand roles (and definite trends!). Once again, if you work within these job families, and could use some upskilling, think about polishing your expertise in these areas…. your CV (and your career) will thank you for it!

  1. Cloud & Distribution Computing
  2. Statistical Analysis & Data Mining
  3. Middleware & Integration Software
  4. Web Architecture & Development Framework
  5. User Interface Design
  6. Software Revision Control Systems
  7. Data Presentation
  8. SEO/SEM Marketing
  9. Mobile Development
  10. Network & Information Security