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Soft skills still top of the requirement list for tech employers

Dan Lewis, Founder and CEO of Digital Profile

Online career and hiring marketplace Digital Profile has identified the top skills employers are looking for when it comes to recruiting new staff this new year.

The pioneering job-hunting company, which helps businesses find new employees and job seekers find employment, found that soft skills including communication, numeracy and literacy are crucial requirements from employers.

Digital Profile specialises in recruiting for the creative and tech industries, so when it came to technical ability and knowledge, employers are looking for those with understanding of Javascript programming language, as well as CSS (cascading style sheets), PHP, UX (user experience design) and GIT (a distributed version-control system for tracking changes in source code during software development). It analysed data from more than 580 employers and 6,500 job seekers in the UK.

Digital Profile has also discovered the most popular skills that job applicants say they hold, with the majority all sharing talents in web design, graphic design, photoshop and computer software applications like HTML, CSS, Javascript and PHP. Many of the job-hunters also have UI (User Interface) experience.

Founder and CEO of Digital Profile, Dan Lewis says: “The fact that those essential soft skills still top the needs for employers comes as no surprise, as strong communication is vital no matter the industry, and is an asset no business should be without.

“It’s also great to see so many job-hunters matching up to those skills that are clearly in high demand. This is one of the many reasons why we loved the idea of a digital profile, as our applicants can show prospective employers that they have creative, literacy and numeracy skills in abundance.

Dan added: “At Digital Profile, we aim to match candidates to businesses and help companies recruit the right people, so discovering the top skills sets among jobseekers and knowing exactly what businesses are looking for means that more and more people will find a job, and more companies will turn to us to help them find the right candidate.”

Since its creation in 2015, Digital Profile has been innovating the job-hunting market by the way it matches candidates with jobs and how it manages data transparency. Employers can advertise jobs in the marketplace in an affordable way while remaining totally transparent about their recruitment process, allowing every candidate to have the necessary feedback.

And those searching for work can create their own profile on the portal and share it, making amends at any time. They can also revoke access to their profile too so that no-one can access their details without permission.

Dan added: “Since we started four years ago, the take up of services has risen dramatically as jobseekers and growing businesses look to protect themselves, both as individuals and businesses, against ever increasing levels of digital danger posed by the jobs market today.

“We want to make careers more fun but at the same time give individuals full management and clarity over their career data and who is looking at it. Managing and sparking connections is a crucial part of the success of Digital Profile and it’s fantastic to see that many of the candidates who have added a profile match those skill sets that are in the highest demand by employers.”