By Sarah Townsend
Top skills include data mining, algorithm design, international relations, says LinkedIn
Statistical analysis and data mining have topped a list of the skills most sought after by UAE employers, according to an analysis by LinkedIn.
The professional networking website’s annual Top Skills of 2016 list revealed that statistical analysis and data mining topped the list for the second year running, and that six of the 10 most-sought after skills were in I.T., showing that technology skills are becoming a firm requirement in the UAE job market.
Public policy and international relations skills came second in the list, followed by algorithm design, web architecture and development framework, and search engine optimisation (SEO)/SEM marketing.
Two more I.T. skills featured in the top 10 list – middleware and integration software, and user interface design – while renewable and sustainable energy, mining and commodities, and corporate law and governance ranked eighth, ninth and tenth.
LinkedIn Corporation said it developed the list by analysing recruiting activity on LinkedIn since January.
It said that, as well as technology skills, public policy and governance skills were high on the list – “demonstrating the importance the the UAE places on judicial matters,” said LinkedIn – while the addition of renewable energy to the list reflects the government’s aims to increase the contribution of clean energy in the UAE.
A spokesperson for LinkedIn said: “We see job applications spike on LinkedIn in October and our data shows that companies aren’t hiring at the same rate until January.
“While some skills expire every couple of years, the data we have strongly suggests that tech skills and skills in renewable energy will be needed in the UAE for years to come. Now is a great time for professionals to acquire the skills they need to be more marketable.”