In fewer than four years, employers will seek employees with very different skill sets than they do today.
A report surveyed executives from more than 350 employers across 9 industries in 15 of the world’s largest economies to come up with predictions about how technological advancements will force the labor markets to evolve, and here are the top 10 skill sets respondents said will be most in demand by 2020:
10. Cognitive flexibility
The ability to think about multiple concepts simultaneously, with creativity, logical reasoning and problem sensitivity.
9. Negotiation skills
8. Service orientation skills
Reading the minds of others and reacting.
7. Judgment and decision making (data analysis)
As organizations increasingly collect more data, there’s a greater need for employees with the ability to analyse data and use it to make decisions.
6. Emotional intelligence
5. Coordinating with others
Collaborating and adjusting actions in relation to others.
4. People management
Motivate people, develop employees and identify the best people for the job.
2. Critical thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of different solutions and approaches.
1. Complex problem solving
Even with the increase in data to help make decisions, people still need the skill to solve complex problems.