Technology dominates LinkedIn skills list

Wendy Murphy, LinkedIn
Wendy Murphy, LinkedIn

Technology proficiency proved to be the most valuable skill that helped Irish professionals get hired last year, according to LinkedIn.

The company today released a list of top 25 skills based on analysis of all of the hiring and recruiting activity that occurred on LinkedIn in 2015.

Technology skills dominated the list with huge demand for professionals in Ireland with expertise in areas like cloud computing, big data and IT security. Companies were still recruiting candidates with these skills well into the final months of last year, which means that professionals with one or more of these skills are likely to continue to garner interest from recruiters in the New Year.

This was the first year that the research was conducted in Ireland. Commenting on the findings, Wendy Murphy, Senior HR Director for LinkedIn Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), said: “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.

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“Our analysis also highlights that big data remains a priority for corporate Ireland. Our list paints a picture of a world overwhelmed with information, with businesses scrambling to store, retrieve, and make sense of it all.”