Malaysia’s top 3 new skills are design, social media marketing, and workflow automation, LinkedIn study finds

LinkedIn’s report analysed the top 10 rising skills of LinkedIn members in the region over the last five years, most of which were tech-related.
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Thinking of learning a new skill for work?

Well, according to a LinkedIn report published on Wednesday (June 19), the most popular new skills among Malaysians over the past five years are social media marketing, workflow automation and human-centred design – which involves optimising products and services for human users, such as graphic design, product design, and user experience.

LinkedIn Future of Skills 2019 Report

LinkedIn’s report analysed the top 10 rising skills of LinkedIn members in the region over the last five years, most of which were tech-related.

The skills LinkedIn identified were: AI, blockchain, compliance, continuous integration, front-end web development, gesture recognition technology, human-centered design, robotic process automation, social media marketing, and workflow automation.

LinkedIn Future of Skills 2019 Report

These “nascent” skills had seen “exponential growth” among workers in recent years, and demand for workers with any of these 10 skills were three times higher than those without, LinkedIn said.

It added that soft skills, such as creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking, had increased in value due to the rise of AI and automation, as these skills allow workers to adjust to having robots in the workplace.

The report predicted that by next year, as almost half of the core skills required to do a job would have changed, two in three survey respondents felt “daunted by the pace of change in their industries”.

A YouGov report in April found that three in 10 Malaysians believed that their jobs would be replaced by robots, with millennials being the most concerned age group.

Over half of the 1,009 Malaysians surveyed in the report said they were upskilling to avoid being replaced.

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