The disruption of the past year has caused new worker skills to be in demand.
By Debbie Bolla
The events of 2020 have led major business transformation, and with that comes the need for employees to have different hard and soft skills in order to achieve success. Emsi’s Skills Index 2021 examines UK job data to help understand the jobs and skills that have grown and are in demand over the past year. Part of this is achieved by analysing job postings and identifying the skills that are included most often during 2019 and 2020.
The data shows that job opportunities and skills demand have changed during the pandemic. Not surprising, the healthcare and social care sector saw an increase of 22% from April 2020 to April 2021. The top three technical skills that are in demand include:
- Mental health support
- Personal care support
The Skills Index 2021 also identified the top three emerging skills:
- Basic life support
- Acute care support
From cyber security to programming, the demand for tech skills is on the rise with jobs postings for digital and tech roles in the UK increasing 21% from April 2020 to April 2021. Some of the jobs seeing the biggest levels of growth include cybersecurity technicians, full stack engineers, and cybersecurity engineers.
According to the report, whilst technology and automation often eliminate the need for job roles, the data suggests that they may be creating new ones. The pandemic forced organisations to pivot operations online and accelerate digital transformation, causing demand for digital skills to soared. Some of these include programming and software skills like Python, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure. The report finds that search form and computer engineering are emerging areas.
Clearly, the shift to remote work had an impact on what workers need to be successful, and the potential of hybrid working models will further change it. Employees will need to be able to use collaboration and communication tools such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom, and soft skills such as accountability and mentorship have become much more important. During this adjustment period, leadership skills will also be essential.