Digital skills have fast become essential for communication and collaboration among businesses and professionals.
A new survey from HR solutions firm Remote has revealed some of the most in-demand digital skills in the technology sector. Remote surveyed more than 500 employers and employees who work in digital-first or tech industries to determine which digital skills are in the highest demand and which they believe will be the most important in the future.
Research found that, of the top five most sought-after digital skills, 28% of employees and employers said that social media is the most sought after skill. The group said that social media management skills were now crucial to businesses, followed by digital marketing (27%) and software development (24%), giving anyone starting their career in the technology space a good idea of where to focus their efforts.
According to Remote, the top five also included proficiency in programming, web, and app development (19%) and software engineering (19%).
Remote also found that more than a third of respondents (37%) said that software development will be the most important digital job in the future, followed by software engineers (36%) and workplace managers (32%). These roles are followed by digital workplace programme directors (26%) and head of automation (21%), with advances in technology meaning businesses will need to find new ways to improve efficiency.
With just over one-fifth (21%) of businesses not providing technology training, Remote noted that there is now an opportunity to become familiar with in-demand skills that can set you apart from the rest in an application process. The survey asked respondents which digital tools are used within tech industries, based on the most commonly paid-for. Adobe Creative Suite takes first place (with 29% of respondents saying this was paid for within their business) and in a world of remote working, communicative tools such as Gmail (23%), Slack (17%) and Loom (16%) listed within the top 10.
Jacob Schatz, head of Automation at Remote, commented: “With technology constantly advancing, employers also have the responsibility to support their employees with improving digital skill sets. “Our survey revealed that nearly 30% of employers are using tools/software that is 11-15 years old and 26% of respondents also don’t provide technology training. If you expect your team to keep up with digital trends, your equipment and approach to internal training need to complement this.”
Digital skill sets continue to be in high demand, so whilst it’s important for potential employees to consider this when it comes to seeking opportunities, it’s also important for employers to support both their business and people with keeping up with digital trends.