Nursing, finance and business auditing most sought after skills in the UK
A new study has revealed the most in-demand skills in the UK this year with nursing, finance and business auditing ranking at the top.
The study conducted by CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) has evaluated data from labour analytics specialists EMSI to find potential gaps in the UK’s workplace skill sets.
When analysing job descriptions with industry-specific skill requests, the EMSI data reveals that Healthcare employers listed ‘nursing’ as an essential hard skill in 15% (over 1,000,000) of all industry postings over the past five years. Only 3% of applicants had the skill on their CV or applicant profile.
The study defines ‘hard skills’ as traits for jobs within sport and physical activity i.e. circuit training, whilst ‘soft skills’ are defined as traits which are common across all industries i.e. communications.
Another gap in Healthcare employee skill sets, based on the data, is professional mental health training. Around 10% of all Healthcare jobs stated professional mental health skills were necessary, the specific skill only came up in 4% of all applicant profiles.
The Business and Accounting industries are also experiencing a gap between skill demand and supply. Industry-specific skills like finance and accounting management, business auditing and forecasting are all experiencing higher employer demand than employee supply.
The data reveals that Tourism staff waiting in the wings for jobs to be listed are the most trained staff. There is minimal difference between demand from employers for the majority of industry-specific skills like tourism risk analysis, managing travel discounts and specific consumer travel advice. The most in-demand hard skill in the tourism industry is sales techniques with a 3% difference between demand and supply.
Computer Programming Skills
There is a big gap in the UK workforce in computer programming languages, not just in the IT industry but across all industries.
SQL, C# and CSS – all covering a range of programming needs like design, development and database management – were all in high demand in the UK over the past five years. SQL demanded 17% of potential applicants have knowledge of the language, 12% for C# and 11% CSS.
Highly Demanded Soft Skills
As well as analysing hard skills, the CIMSPA study also looked at softer, easily transferable skills. The most commonly demanded soft skill in the UK is adequate communication, over 13,000,000 different job descriptions mentioned communication skills are a necessity. Second and third most in-demand soft skills were management and sales with over 9,000,000 and 7,000,000 mentions respectively. Customer Service, enthusiasm and attention to detail ranked in the next three places.