10 Skills Employers Most Want in 2015

Posted in SSZ Briefings  ·  July 5th 2016

10 Skills Employers Most Want in 2015

10 Skills Employers Most Want in 2015

Can you work well in a team, make decisions and solve problems? These are the skills employers most want when they are deciding which new graduates to hire.
The next-most-important skill is the ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organisation. Employers also want new recruits to have technical knowledge related to the job, but that’s not nearly as important as good teamwork, decision-making and communication skills, and the ability to plan and prioritise work.

Most demanded degrees

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in the USA recently ran a survey.
They asked recruitment managers what skills they plan to prioritise when they recruit from the class of 2015.
Though the survey sample is small—NACE collected responses from just 260 employers—the message is clear.
The three degrees most in demand for the class of 2015 are business, engineering, and computer & information sciences.
But cutting across all degrees, employers want new recruits who can work well in teams, and who are decisive problem-solvers.
10 Top Skills

Here are the 10 skills employers say they seek, in order of importance:

1. Ability to work in a team structure
2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems (a tie)
3. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organisation
4. Ability to plan, organise and prioritise work
5. Ability to obtain and process information
6. Ability to analyse quantitative data
7. Technical knowledge related to the job
8. Proficiency with computer software programs
9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports
10. Ability to sell, and influence others

This survey makes clear – as do so many others conducted over recent years both here and in the States – that employers are looking for universal, transferable skills.


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