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Top Skills: What In-Demand Skills Will You Need In 2022
Top Skills: What In-Demand Skills Will You Need In 2022
12 Jan 2022

Keeping ahead to stand out in the job market is something that job seekers and those who are currently employed will need to keep in mind in the oncoming years. According to the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs Report, 50% of people will need reskilling by 2025 to keep up to date with the job market.

Upskilling is also beneficial for those currently looking for a job to stand out. The pandemic has shifted the way we work as more companies lean on the digital aspect of working and coming up with solutions, critical thinking, and problem-solving are becoming skills that are highly needed to help businesses navigate the future. But what does this mean for you? 


Staying relevant by keeping up to date

Whether you are employed or currently in the job market searching for a job, one thing is crucial - staying relevant. Keeping up to date with the latest industry updates can be beneficial to anyone who wants to stay relevant within the job market. Being flexible, having soft skills, and knowing how to manage unexpected changes are becoming increasingly important for industries. Below are some of the hard and soft skills that will be in demand in 2022.


Current most wanted skills in South Africa

Having the relevant skills that will keep you competitive during the pandemic and beyond is vital. With free and paid courses that are available online to help you upskill, finding a niche that works for you and your skills is now possible. The current most wanted skills in South Africa are:  


  • Software development skill demand increased by 66% since January 2021.
  • Middle department management skill demand increased by 18% during October 2021.
  • Representative and sales consultants skill demand increased by 12% year on year.


The integration of Artificial intelligence

The pandemic has catapulted the need for technological knowledge and data skills which can help businesses that are leaning towards the digitization of their business to make it easier for clients to engage with them by 39%. Technological knowledge is an in-demand skill in every sector from corporate to academia, with more companies looking to A.I. to help them keep ahead. Some of the top skills that are needed in the emerging A.I. digitization of jobs are: 


  • Software engineering
  • Data scientist/Analyst
  • Consultants 
  • A.I Researcher 
  • Sales engineer
  • Cyber security 
  • Mobile application development
  • Cloud computing 
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Product Manager

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Soft skills will also become as important

Another skill that should not be overlooked in 2022 is soft skills. Employers are no longer looking for someone who only has the hard skills to get the job done, but they are also looking at soft skills that can make you a well-rounded and valuable person to the company. Valued skills to develop in 2022 are: 


  • Critical thinking
  • Design thinking and creativity
  • Problem-solving 
  • Communication skills
  • Time management
  • A growth mindset 
  • Emotional intelligence 
  • Active listening 
  • Adaptability 
  • Leadership skills


Online platforms such as Udemy, LinkedIn Learning and Coursera are some of the platforms you can use to sharpen your soft skills. Constantly challenging yourself to evolve by upskilling can help you stand out and stay relevant for the ever-changing job market in 2022 and beyond. 

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