LinkedIn Reveals Top 5 Skills Hiring Managers Look For. Do You Meet The Requirements?

There was also 21x surge in job postings looking for people with ChatGPT skills.

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LinkedIn's latest research has found a surge in global English-language job postings mentioning GPT or ChatGPT

GPT and ChatGPT skills were mentioned a staggering 21 times more last year than in 2022.

With skills needed for a job changing by 68% due to the impact of AI, 91% of companies in APAC say they plan to enhance their people's skills and abilities this year.

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Today, the top five skills that hiring managers in APAC consider the most important in the era of AI are a combination of both hard and soft skills

1. Problem-solving abilities (35%)
2. Communications skills (27%)
3. Critical thinking (25%)
4. AI skills (19%)
5. IT & web skills (17%)

"In the past year, the narrative was dominated by technological advancements, particularly the integration of AI into business workflows," said Feon Ang, Vice President of LinkedIn Talent Solutions and Managing Director, APAC

"The resulting surge in demand for AI expertise reflected the challenges many businesses faced in navigating this transformative shift and incorporating cutting-edge technologies into their operations," Ang added.

"However, we are now witnessing a pronounced shift towards skills – both technical and soft skills – to thrive in the era of AI. Investing in people's growth is no longer a perk but a strategic imperative, considering that our workforce is the driving force behind companies' success in an era shaped by both AI innovation and collaboration with AI," she concluded.

Feon Ang, Vice President of LinkedIn Talent Solutions and Managing Director, APAC.

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Soft skills, alongside the ability to learn, is becoming increasingly important to land a job

A staggering 88% of employers have observed substantial changes in the skills and qualifications they prioritise in job candidates due to the pervasive impact of AI and automation in their industries. Companies are placing emphasis on candidates who possess not only AI expertise, but also soft skills and a capacity for learning.

In particular, 'communication' has topped LinkedIn's most in-demand skills list for 2024 across all countries in APAC.

This is not surprising in a new world of work where AI tools are freeing up time for professionals to excel in jobs only people can do, like building relationships and collaborating with others.

In addition, 40% of APAC hiring managers consider an individual's potential for growth and ability to learn as the most important factor when evaluating internal and external candidates.

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Meanwhile, a large majority of companies in APAC (91%) are also focusing on preparing their employees for the future world of work by enhancing their skills and capabilities

In fact, APAC HR professionals are offering online training programs (44%) and internal learning and development sessions focused on generative AI (43%) to do so.

As companies increasingly invest in learning opportunities, the focus on creating a culture of learning has soared, becoming a top priority for L&D professionals in 2024 across all APAC markets. In fact, 92% of them in APAC say they can show business value by helping employees gain skills to move into different internal roles.

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