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The 8 most in-demand digital skills at work

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Being an adaptive and critical thinker could see you in high demand for new job positions (Source: Getty)

The digital transformation has reshaped the labour market and with Australia’s skills shortage the demand for digital job skills has skyrocketed.

The biggest staffing concern facing employers is having a lack of skilled candidates available for open roles, new Robert Half research has found.

Also, more than eight in 10 (82 per cent) employers believe it will be more challenging to find qualified employees compared to pre-pandemic conditions.


These are the workers and skills that are in high demand right now.

The digital skills rewriting Australian job descriptions

Digital transformation in the workplace is speeding up across many departments.

This, combined with a pandemic-induced uptick in people working from home, means development and maintenance of software and hardware is not just important in the IT department.

Demand for digital skill capabilities varies by sector and company, with employers increasingly asking jobseekers to demonstrate more diverse skills from both traditionally ‘technical’ and ‘people-focused’ roles.

Here are the top 8 digital skills

If you’re a technology specialist, demand for having DevOps skill is up 283 per cent. Software as a Service (SaaS) skills are up 96 per cent and JIRA is up 74 per cent.

For finance and accounting roles, skills with Python (up 33 per cent) and Scrum (up 3 per cent) have had the biggest growth in demand.

For business support roles, SaaS ( up 45 cent) and Salesforce capabilities (up 18 per cent) have seen the greatest growth in demand amongst employers.

And for marketing and communication roles, email marketing (up 148 per cent), SaaS skills (up 100 per cent), and social media management (up 27 per cent) have had the most growth in demand in the past five years.

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4 most sought after people skills

Complementing the demand for technical skills, the Robert Half research reveals the four most important aptitudes that employers are looking for in employees in 2021.

The most sought after skill are:

  • critical-thinking skills - up 29 per cent

  • data skills - up 28 per cent

  • adaptability - up 26 per cent

  • strategic thinking - up 26 per cent

“The skills employers need are not only evolving rapidly but also directly translating into new-look job descriptions and evolving skillsets,” David Jones, Senior Managing Director of Robert Half Asia Pacific, said.

“Just a few years ago, marketing managers weren’t assessed on their ability to configure software, nor were software developers judged by their skills in building rapport with stakeholders.

“However, as the Demand for Skilled Talent report reveals, advancing technology is creating both new opportunities for workers and new challenges for employers trying to fill roles.”

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