LinkedIn today unveiled the Top Skills of 2016 — the skills that are most sought after among global employers, and employers in Ireland and 17 other countries. Cloud and Distributed Computing topped the Irish list for the second year in a row – it was also the most in demand skill globally.

The Irish Top Skills of 2016 are:

1) Cloud and Distributed Computing (no change)

2) Statistical Analysis and Data Mining (no change)

3) Web Architecture and Development Framework (up three places from 2015)

4) Network and Information Security (up one place from 2015)

5) SEO/SEM Marketing (fell two places since 2015)

6) Marketing Campaign Management (new entry)

7) Software Revision Control Systems (up three places from 2015)

8) Middleware and Integration Software (fell four places since 2015)

9) Mobile Development (fell one place since 2015)

10) Recruiting (up six places from 2015)

The annual list is developed by analysing all of the recruiting activity on LinkedIn since January, and uncovers several trends about the Irish job market. Demand remains high for tech skills like Cloud Distributed Computing (No. 1), and Statistical Analysis and Data Mining (No. 2). This is due to the fact that tech skills are no longer confined to the tech industry; they are needed in nearly every industry and county in the country.

Ireland’s 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 was in response to firms expanding during the year. Similarly professionals with marketing skills have been heavily in demand in 2016, with 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,” says 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.”

To help job seekers gain the skills needed to secure the jobs they want, LinkedIn is holding the Week of Learning from October 24-30, and offering more than 5,000 courses — including courses that teach the Top Skills of 2016 — free to professionals. Professionals can visit Week of Learning on LinkedIn for more information.

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