The top ten skills UK businesses have recruited for in 2016

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The most popular abilities Britain’s companies have looked for this year have been revealed by LinkedIn as the network listed the top ten skills recruited for in 2016.

LinkedIn’s list of top ten skills was ranked based on a study of recruitment activity on the website throughout the year.

According to recruiters, the “soft skills” most difficult to discover are ownership, strategic thinking, communication and persistence – all of which go hand in hand with thinking like an entrepreneur.

Indeed, some 61 per cent of respondents admitted soft skills are hard to come by, which 56 per cent believe restricts the company’s productivity.

But for the top ten skills most sought after by the UK’s recruiters this year, they include:

(1)   Statistical analysis and data mining

(2)   Middleware and integration software

(3)   HR benefits and compensation

(4)   Web architecture and development framework

(5)   Mobile development

(6)   Perl/Python/Ruby

(7)   SEO/SEM marketing

(8)   Network and information security

(9)   Data presentation

(10) Data engineering and data warehousing

With 450m professionals, the LinkedIn company culture is based on some sound insight

In a bid to boost innovation across industries, including an understanding of data, tech skills are in high demand. As such, new skills on the 2016 list included programming languages such as Perl and information security.

“Whilst some skill sets inevitably come and go according to industry shifts, our data strongly suggests that demand for tech skills shows no signs of disappearing any time soon,” said LinkedIn head of global consumer communications, Darain Faraz.

Alongside the reveal of the top ten skills of 2016, LinkedIn will run a Week of Learning from 24-30 October to provide professionals access to more than 5,000 free online courses to encourage upskilling.

Faraz continued: “We have also seen “HR Benefits and Compensation” leap 18 places to feature in the UK’s Top Skills list this year.

“Our recent Work Satisfaction Survey found that only 40 per cent of UK professionals feel fulfilled at work, so it’s reassuring to see that businesses are focussing on recruiting a winning HR team to ensure staff satisfaction is priority.”