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Sean Farrington, senior vice-president EMEA at Pluralsight, said: “What is clear from reviewing activity on the Pluralsight platform over the past year is the ongoing demand for skills in technologies that have been around for a long time. Whether it’s Java, HTTP, Python, C++ or SQL, these are the bedrock of modern businesses, powering everything from simple websites to complex databases and rich web applications.”
The UK tech industry currently has a talent gap, with more roles available than there are skilled workers to fill them.
The types of skills needed in the sector have also increased in recent years as a focus on the use of data and the prevention of security breaches has grown.
As the use of data-reliant technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning increases, so does the demand for people with skills in data.
The most learned skill in data in 2019 was in programming language R, followed by skills in Microsoft SQL, MATLAB, Google Analytics and Tensorflow.
There has also been increased demand for security skills over the last few years, with many claiming a lack of such skills can put organisations at risk of attack.
When it comes to the security sector, Kali Linux was the most learned skill in 2019, followed by CloudFlare, CISSP, Certified Ethical Hacker and CompTIA Security+.
But some of 2019’s most learned skills do not match up with the most demanded skills in the year, which the Pluralsight Technology Index suggested could be a sign of the skills that may be needed in the near future.
When looking at the languages, tools and frameworks that are gaining popularity on its platform, as well as the skills asked for on job sites Dice and Indeed, Pluralsight found that SQL was the most popular software development skill, HTTP was the top IT ops skill, for data the top skill was Microsoft SQL Server, and in security, CISSP was a must-have.
Many believe the best way to solve the tech skills gap is to focus on continuous learning throughout people’s careers, with organisations focusing on using internal or on-the-job training to give their employees the skills needed for their work.
Pluralsight said in its report: “If you’re not committing to building technology skills, you’re sure to be left behind in the year ahead.”