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Top 10 IT skills for Asia in 2015: Greythorn

Zafirah Salim | Dec. 18, 2014
Cloud computing, project management and big data are ranked as the top three skill sets, according to the study.

Cloud computing has been ranked as the most indispensable skill set for the next year, according to a new Greythorn study, which polled over 3,000 IT hiring managers and professionals.

Project management also continues to be highly sought after for 2015, with 44 percent of respondents seeing it as a key skill set. This reflects Greythorn's recruitment data which sees a growing trend of contract-based opportunities for Project Managers in Singapore.

According to the IT and technology recruitment agency, the preferred candidates are Singapore-based who possess a significant experience in the local market. In line with this, Business Analysts will also be in demand in 2015 as many organisations in the finance sector embark on key projects.

Following the trends towards mobile optimisation and business digitisation, mobility skills will be favoured next year, with 22 percent of respondents seeing this as vital. Digital professionals will also see a rise in opportunities in 2015, with the skill set rising to the seventh position.

"The significant growth in demand for Cloud Computing, Mobility and Digital skills in the second half of 2014 will continue into 2015 leading to further skills shortages in these areas. Salaries in these professions will also continue to rise until enough training is undertaken for the market to meet this demand," commented Dung Nguyen, Associate Director at Greythorn.

Looking to other areas, those skilled in security will continue to see a demand for their specialty in 2015. This comes as no surprise given the renewed focus in the region on IT and data security as cloud computing ventures expand, said Greythorn in its media statement.

Soft skills will also be important in the coming year as technologists are increasingly required to partner with senior internal stakeholders and business heads very closely. According to the study, an organisation's technology partners must possess strong communication and relationship building skills in addition to being willing and able to develop these skills in the next generation of managers.

 

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