Here are LinkedIn’s 25 hottest candidate skills of 2014

It’s that time of year when social media platforms spill their secrets, recapping the year that was.

This in many ways is thanks to the explosive impact Big Data has had on 2014, giving companies a better understanding of their world and target market at large.

So far, we’ve heard from Google with the top search terms for the year, Facebook with the most searched-for and talked-about events of 2014 too. Now LinkedIn, everyone’s favourite social-cum-professional platform, has outed the 25 most common skills recruiters have searched for and candidates have boasted.

It’s hilariously telling too, considering that at number one we have “Statistical Analysis and Data Mining”. It seems that 2014 was the year of the technology professional.

The company surveyed over 330-million profiles to formulate this data, which makes for rather troubling reading if you happened to study an Arts major.

  1. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
  2. Middleware and Integration Software
  3. Storage Systems and Management
  4. Network and Information Security
  5. SEO/SEM Marketing
  6. Business Intelligence
  7. Mobile Development
  8. Web Architecture and Development Framework
  9. Algorithm Design
  10. Perl/Python/Ruby
  11. Data Engineering and Data Warehousing
  12. Marketing Campaign Management
  13. Mac, Linux and Unix Systems
  14. User Interface Design
  15. Recruiting
  16. Digital and Online Marketing
  17. Computer Graphics and Animation
  18. Economics
  19. Java Development
  20. Channel Marketing
  21. SAP ERP Systems
  22. Integrated Circuit (IC) Design
  23. Shell Scripting Languages
  24. Game Development
  25. Virtualization

The company also noted that some interesting trends emerged, including the need to hire more women in the workplace, marketing has seen something of a renaissance and “recruiting” seems to be another skill-within-a-skill that’s in high demand.

Of course, you can read LinkedIn’s full report here, or gander through the country-by-country breakdown below.

Image by Brett Farmiloe via Flickr



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