An especially helpful report for job seekers and industry leaders, a main takeaway from the report is the break-down of the most prioritised skills across Industry Reference Committee (IRC) Skills Forecasts. IRCs are made up of figures and leaders with close links to their specialised industry and sectors from big business to small enterprise and peak bodies to unions, who deeply understand the challenges, opportunities and trends underpinning their industry.
Elsewhere, top networking and job seeking sites such as LinkedIn and Seek have analysed similar skills and competencies through their independent research, utilising recruiters, learning development professionals, and survey data to formulate far-reaching evaluations about Australia and the world’s in-demand skills. These key findings are addressed in LinkedIn’s Workplace Learning Report for 2021 and Seek’s research-based article ‘The 5 Skills Employers Want Now’.
The top four skills that are prioritised across IRC Skills Forecasts in 2020–2021 are:
(3) analytical; and
The COVID-19 impact of each was considered carefully. They are ranked in this way according to their highest priority generic skill factor across all industries, with adaptability being the most pertinent. LinkedIn takes a broader approach by emphasising the importance of lifelong learning and learning habits. They cite growing trends of hard-skill learning on their platform through LinkedIn Learning.
The following is a brief analysis of the four most sought-after skills, according to IRCs ranging from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker to Wholesale and Retail sectors, as well as everything in between: