What Are the Top 5 Skills Needed in IT in 2024?

    In light of the global IT talent shortage, training providers and professional associations have a prime opportunity to align with evolving trends and integrate essential skills for IT professionals. This factsheet will look at the five most in-demand skills in information technology (IT) roles, supported by exclusive data from Faethm by Pearson.

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    What Are the Top 5 Skills Needed in IT in 2024?

    The global shortage of IT skills is expected to soar to 85.2 million workers by 2030. Training providers and associations need to offer updated programs aligned with emerging skills to address this shortage and equip individuals and organizations with the necessary expertise. Explore the top five in-demand skills in information technology (IT) across the US, UK, and Australia.

    Global Demand for Digital Skills

    90 %

    of all jobs in the UK will require digital skills in the next 20 years.

    92 %

    of jobs require digital skills in the US.

    5 X

    increase in business demand for digital skills in the Asia-Pacific region by 2025.

    Navigating the Shifting Landscape of IT

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    The Rise of AI

    More IT professionals are utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) and automation tools to streamline workflow and low-level coding tasks.
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    The Need for Soft Skills

    Human qualities such as creativity and critical thinking are still needed, especially for analyzing a vast amount of data and making data-driven decisions.
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    Evolving Cybersecurity Threats

    With the exponential growth of data, cybersecurity and compliance skills have become more important for protecting digital assets and sensitive data.

    The Top 5 Most Demanded Skills in IT Roles

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    Communication Skills


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    Our research shows that the top 5 most demanded skills in IT roles are all soft skills. This is consistent with a recent study by Pearson, which emphasizes that although technical proficiency is still highly valued, human-centric skills will be more crucial in the present and near future.

    Where technology is rapidly evolving with new software, hardware, and systems, IT professionals require strong problem-solving skills to diagnose, communicate, and effectively resolve these technical changes, contributing to the rise in the need for soft skills. 

    * Data source: Pearson Labor Market Data

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