According to the latest LinkedIn Learning report, cloud and distribution computing, statistical analysis, data presentation, and mobile devolping are the most in-demand 'hard skills' sought by employers in 2018.
The list gathered hiring and recruiting activity data between January and September of 2017 that identified skill categories among LinkedIn users.
The list also stated that employers showed high interest in certain 'soft skill' categories, like leadership, communication, collaboration, and time management.
Given the past year of security breaches, the need for cybersecurity specialists for companies is high. IT and cybersecurity talent remains the key focus area for recruiters in the new year.
Furthermore, companies are focusing more on 'soft skills' which employees need in order to work effectively in teams. Leadership skills are typically the most important of these 'soft skills,' but employers consider areas like emotional intelligence and delegation when recruiting new hires.
LinkedIn Learning report acknowledged the role of training needed to bridge the gap between what new hires bring to the table and the requirements for the jobs they'll need to perform, as well.