Study: Top skills in Asia Pacific dominated by tech-related skills

A new study from career website LinkedIn has found that the top rising skills in Asia Pacific are dominated by technology-related skills.

Traditional industries are adopting new technology and riding the wave of digital transformation to improve operations and introduce new products and services, the report said.

The study identified the top 10 rising skills of LinkedIn members in the region over the last five years, by looking at the skills listed by members with the highest month-on-month growth.

As part of the report, LinkedIn also conducted a deep dive into employees’ readiness to tackle the future workforce and how L&D professionals are responding to the skills transformation.

The rising skills can be used as a signpost for organizations to determine how the industry is innovating and transforming, and help their employees cope with the pace of change through upskilling. 

The report also studied the top three rising skill categories in each country that are more prevalent compared to the Asia Pacific average.

These are the skills that have a higher prominence in the Philippines compared to the region:

Feon Ang, vice president for talent and learning solutions in Asia Pacific at LinkedIn, shared: “As digitalization continues to transform the workforce at a rapid speed, certain skills are becoming less in-demand simply because different skill sets are required to navigate such transformation. It is therefore important for organizations to have a deep understanding of their current talent pool, and how to evolve it for their long-term business goals. Helping current talent to upskill or reskill early can help organizations ensure that their future talent needs are met.”

“While we encourage organizations to tap on real-time data and insights to help inform them about trends in the talent marketplace, we also believe that embracing a culture of learning is just as important for organizations to remain resilient amidst a rapidly changing workforce,” said Ang.

“At the same time, employees need to be empowered and motivated to learn on their own terms, given difficulties in finding time and accessing opportunities.”

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