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The most in-demand skills of the year

August 15, 2023

In recent years, much has been said about soft skills and the importance of extra-curricular skills for good leadership performance. But what Linkedin’s latest research on the topic reveals is that old skills have come back into the spotlight in 2023. 

This year, the top skill worldwide is management, which highlights organizations’ need for supervisors with the ability to effectively and efficiently collaborate. Companies are looking for talent to step up and manage teams no matter their environment. 

Communication, leadership, and teamwork are also high on the list. According to the report, these skills help professionals succeed in an ongoing hybrid work environment. It turns out that remote and hybrid work makes the need for human connection and communication skills more important than ever and companies need professionals who can do this well. 

For LinkedIn career expert Andrew McCaskill, the world of work is changing. “To see the top skills on the list include things like communication, customer service, sales, project management, research, and analytical skills—those to me speak to the fact that companies have done an incredible amount of hiring and they’re now thinking: How do we make sure that our culture at work is one where people want to stay?”, he told Fortune magazine.

LinkedIn’s 2023 most in-demand skills

  1. Management
  2. Communication
  3. Customer Service
  4. Leadership
  5. Sales
  6. Project Management
  7. Research
  8. Analytical Skills
  9. Marketing
  10. Teamwork

The research also surfaced the most in-demand hard skills by identifying the most sought-after skills by employers and hirers and then excluded a group of common skills that many LinkedIn members have. Technology is definitely all around.

The 2023 Most In-Demand Hard Skills

  1. Software Development
  2. SQL
  3. Finance
  4. Python (Programming Language)
  5. Java
  6. Data Analysis
  7. JavaScript
  8. Cloud Computing
  9. Operations
  10. Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Source: Fortune | LinkedIn