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According to the WEF, there is still a gap between education and capacity needs, as technology continues to transform the demands and competencies in existing jobs. (Shutterstock/File)
A strong combination of both soft and hard skills are being sought by companies in 2019, with creativity sitting at the top of the list, according to a recent report.
An analysis by LinkedIn that was published in the report "Future of Jobs" by the World Economic Forum (WEF) concluded that "human" skills, such as originality, initiative and critical thinking, are very much needed as technology continues to advance and automation grows.
"Strengthening soft skills is one of the best education investments that can be done in a career because this ability is never out of date," LinkedIn education editor Paul Petrone said, as quoted by kompas.com. "Plus, the rise of AI [artificial intelligence] actually makes soft skills more important because such skills cannot be automated by robots," he added.
According to the WEF, there is still a gap between education and capacity needs, as technology continues to transform the demands and competencies in existing jobs.
The report estimates that more than half of all employees would need skills retraining and advancement in the coming years.
"The current shift is underway where there are jobs that will be replaced while at the same time creating new job opportunities," according to the WEF report. (liz/kes)
The following soft skills and hard skills are the most needed in 2019 according to LinkedIn:
Five most needed soft skills:
5. Time management
Five most sought-after hard skills:
1. Cloud computing
2. Artificial intelligence
3. Analytical reasoning
4. People management
5. UX Design
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