LinkedIn's Top 25 Skills To Get Hired In 2016

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 02, 2016

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Cloud and distributed computing was the most in-demand skill globally in 2015. LinkedIn predicts that demand for candidates with top skills including cloud computing will continue to accelerate in the early part of 2016.

LinkedIn published an analysis of the 25 Skills That Could Get You Hired in 2016. The 19-page report available on Slideshare that provides a breakout of the hottest skills of 2015 on LinkedIn by country. Countries included in the analysis include Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Netherlands, South Africa, UAE, UK and USA.

Sohan Murthy, data analytics and strategy researcher at LinkedIn, in a blog post said, “We noticed that companies were still recruiting and hiring for these skills well into the final months of 2015, so we expect these skills will remain in-demand in the early part of 2016.” He added that the report indicates if you have one or more of these skills, you’re likely to continue getting interest from recruiters in the new year.


The report noted that cloud computing was the hottest skill in demand in France, India, and the US in 2015 and will continue in 2016. LinkedIn found that cloud computing skills have progressed from being niche to mainstream as the most in-demand skill set across the globe.

Statistical Analysis and Data Mining is the only skill set that ranks in the top 4 across all countries analyzed. LinkedIn found that businesses are hiring candidates with expertise in data storage, retrieval and analysis. LinkedIn also found that there is a huge skill gap in the area of big data skills including Hadoop, HBase, and Hive listed on their profiles to rank the category on the global list in 2014. In 2015, LinkedIn saw a rapid increase in members worldwide listing these types of skills on their profiles.

Game development, SAP ERP systems and computer graphics and animation all experienced reductions in demand from 2014 to 2015. The study shows game developed dropped from 24th to 29th, digital and online marketing dropped from 16th to 32nd, SAP ERP systems dropped from 21st to 34th, computer graphics and animation dropped from 17th to 37th, and integrated circuit design dropped from 22nd to 41st. This indicates that employers are still looking for these skills just not as much as last year.