Talent War - The top 10 in-demand skills

Ashley Regan
By Ashley Regan | 16 February 2023
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Insights from LinkedIn’s Workplace Learning Report show the most in-demand skills for Australian professionals and the skills companies need the most in 2023.

Many are so-called soft skills, such as communication, management and leadership.

For job seekers, the list provides clear pathways to where learning should be invested to make themselves more marketable.

For employers, since the top reason to seek a new job in APAC is “opportunities to develop and learn new skills” (38%), this list provides guidance on where to invest staff training in.

After all, 81% of L&D pros in Australia agree it’s less expensive to reskill a current employee than hire a new one.

The top 10 skills are:

  1. Management
  2. Communication
  3. Customer Service
  4. Leadership
  5. Project Management
  6. Sales
  7. Strategy
  8. Analytical Skills
  9. Research
  10. Marketing

Data from the report also reveals that amidst uncertain economic climate, 85% of L&D professionals in Australia are proactively building employee skills for today and tomorrow to help navigate the evolving future of work.

Companies also recognise that skill-building has a positive impact on employee retention.

94% of organisations in Australia are concerned about employee retention, and 64% of organisations currently use learning opportunities to improve employee retention.

Given the importance of skilling, the role of learning and development departments is evolving to become more critical and multifaceted. L&D professionals in APAC say their role became more cross-functional in the past year with 86% helping organisations build a more people-centric culture.

Adam Gregory, senior director, ANZ talent and learning solutions at LinkedIn, said: “Many business leaders and hiring managers are increasingly looking at a skills-based hiring approach, rather than on traditional experience to get candidates through the door.

"With the job market in flux, Aussie workers should be looking at how they can upskill in key areas to future-proof their career and prepare for the unknown while also enhancing and remaining confident in their abilities to be best prepared for change.”

“LinkedIn’s list of our most in-demand skills is a great place to start for those looking to grow, as it is an insider’s look into the qualities companies have said are most desired when sourcing new candidates.

"Prospective employees should focus on learning or sharpening those skills to reach their career goals in 2023."

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