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Most In-Demand Technical Skills for 2018

  • by: Conor McKeon
  • On: 4, Jan 2018
1 min read

New Year, New Job – Is 2018 the year for your career?

The New Year presents the perfect time for new beginnings, new engineering and technical jobs and a new step towards building your career. Here are the the three most in-demand skills for 2018:

Top 3 Most In-Demand Skills for 2018

  • Engineering

With 22% of UK Engineering leaders putting skills shortages at the top of their business agenda for this year, engineering skills are the most in-demand skills for 2018, and the engineering industry has the highest number of jobs to offer experienced technical workers. To fulfil labour demands, the UK engineering industry needs to recruit and train 1.8 million people by 2025 – meaning that 2018 is the perfect year to begin an engineering career or develop your existing technical skillset.

  • Cyber Security

The cyber security industry also presents a positive option for job-seeking engineers and technicians this year. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) discovered that 81% of industry recruiters predict a significant increase in demand for cyber security staff in 2018, making cyber security expertise second of the most in-demand skills for 2018.

In response to the cyber hacks of the NHS and private businesses in 2017, cyber security businesses are anticipating increased demand for their services this year. Stringent EU data privacy regulations to be enforced for all businesses in Europe from May 2018 – GDPR will be the most important change in data privacy regulation in the past 20 years – will also place pressure on the cyber security and wider defence industries, resulting in urgent demand for the skills of high quality candidates.

  • Tech

The Technology industry is high up in the top jobs for 2018, with experience in Artificial Intelligence (AI) one of the most in-demand skills for 2018. The rapidly growing field is currently understaffed and will require many new hires in 2018 to match the growing popularity of machine learning, big data, virtual and augmented reality and mobile apps. Hot skills in the tech market will cover Data Scientists, Product Specialists and Developers.

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