The 5 most in-demand IT skills right now
The IT industry is constantly adapting and evolving and it is important to keep up to date with the most in-demand skills. This is, even more, the case given how the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted people and workplaces over the last couple of years. In this article, we take a look at 5 of the most courted skills currently and moving forward.

1. Cloud computing
A survey by Amazon Web Services (AWS) found that cloud skills and tools will become increasingly important in the next few years. There is an opportunity to get ahead of the crowd, as it has been reported that most of the workforce (55%) lack these abilities. Amongst Cloud Computing, the most in-demand skills are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Java, Linux, software development, DevOps, Docker, and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) according to LearnToCode.

2. Remote Communication and Collaboration
The large majority of workplaces are still working in a hybrid or work-from-home environment, and the likelihood is that at least an element of this will continue post-pandemic.

When your team is not gathered in one place and even spread in different time zones, teamwork and communication are challenging.

Learn to utilise the right technologies to harness the power of teamwork in these challenging environments (e.g. Slack, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet). Managers who can prove successful communication and teamwork amongst teams in a hybrid work environment will become increasingly more in demand as many workplaces continue to offer work-from-home capabilities.

3. Development
A Software Architect ranked 1st and Full Stack Developer ranked 2nd in Indeed’s best jobs of 2020 study and ranked top in terms job listings. This highlights the trend in demand for developers across the globe. As businesses continue to hunt for more digital solutions and developments, this demand is only expected to increase.

It's advised that all developers continue to develop their technical skills by learning more programming languages, as well as more personal attributes like attention to detail, problem-solving skills, and excellent organisational and time management skills, especially when in a leadership position.

4. AI and Machine Learning
LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report UK found that Artificial Intelligence Specialist was the number 1 emerging job in 2020. Equipping yourself with the most in-demand skills within AI and Machine Learning is likely to help you command a higher salary. These are said to currently be: TensorFlow, Python, Java, R, and Natural Language Processing.

5. Data and IT Security
Cybercrime has only been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic as customers and business become more digital than ever before.

Combine the pandemic’s effects with more awareness around sensitive data in recent years, and many organisations are continuing to equip their teams with cybersecurity skills, like risk identification and management.

And it’s not just the case for specialists in security to be employed be a company. It’s recommended that all employees should learn ways of how to prevent their business from cyber-attacks and costly data breaches. Displaying pro-active data and security skills could put you ahead of others in the hunt for a role.

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