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ICT professionals with skills in data storage, retrieval and analysis are the most sought after in the Australian market, according to a survey over the course of this year by professional network LinkedIn.

Between January and December this year, LinkedIn looked at all of the hiring and recruiting activity that happened on LinkedIn in the past year around the world, including in Australia, and identified the skill categories that belonged to members who were more likely to start new jobs and receive interest from recruiters.

According to the survey, at the head of the top 25 ‘hottest skills’ that got people hired in Australia during this year was Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, with Middleware and Integration Software sitting at number two and SAP ERP Systems third on the list.

LinkedIn says STEM and data - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills dominated the Australian top 25, particularly those relating to data storage, retrieval, and analysis as organisations across a broad range of industries seek to harness the benefits of big data.

Right at the bottom of the list in 25th place was Social Media Marketing.

Interestingly, LinkedIn says there are also signs of increasing economic confidence in Australia as organisations boost their talent acquisition resources, with “Recruiting” coming in at number 10 on the list of ‘hot’ skills in demand.

And, according to LinkedIn, the listing of ‘Foreign Language Translation” at number 23 demonstrates the increasingly global nature of business.

Here’s the full list of LinkedIn’s 25 hottest skills that got people hired in 2014 in Australia:

1.    Statistical Analysis and Data Mining

2.    Middleware and Integration Software

3.    SAP ERP Systems

4.    Storage Systems and Management

5.    SEO/SEM Marketing

6.    Business Intelligence

7.    Mobile Development

8.    Perl/Python/Ruby

9.    Network and Information Security

10.   Recruiting

11.   Java Development

12.   Non-Profit, Fundraising, and Grant Making

13.   Computer Graphics and Animation

14.   Web Architecture and Development Framework

15.   Data Engineering and Data Warehousing

16.   HR Benefits and Compensation

17.   C/C++

18.   User Interface Design

19.   Marketing Campaign Management

20.   Software QA and User Testing

21.   Economics

22.   Mac, Linux and Unix Systems

23.   Foreign Language Translation

24.   Database Management and Software

25.   Social Media Marketing


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