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Not only is the demand for these skills increasing, but employers are willing to pay more for people with these skills.
English
By
Mosiqi Acharya

20 Apr 2016 - 1:16 PM  UPDATED 13 May 2016 - 11:50 AM

What is it exactly that the employers in Australia are looking for when hiring new talent?

As a fresh graduate or someone who is just starting out, what skills will make you stand out from the rest of the applicants?

And besides the educational qualifications and technical skills, which skills give you an edge?

A new report, titled New Basics by Foundation of Young Australians (FYA) has got the answers. The report points out top 4 skills in highest demand in Australia at the moment.

The new report scanned through 4.2 million job advertisements from 2012 till 2015 to identify these skills most in demand for junior or entry positions.

These skills are:

  • Digital literacy (demand up by 212%)
  • Critical thinking (demand up by 158%)
  • Creativity (demand up by 65%)
  • Problem Solving (demand up by 26%)

Not only is the demand for these skills increasing, but employers are willing to pay more for people with these skills.

The report suggests:

  • Jobs that ask for presentation skills will score you an extra $8,853 / year
  • Jobs that ask for digital literacy will hand over an extra $8,648 / year
  • Jobs that request problem solving will cough up an extra $7,745 / year

FYA is calling it – enterprise skills.

The Foundation for Young Australians said the research highlights the importance of developing enterprise skills, as this is what the employers are looking for.

Jan Owen, CEO of FYA said employers value skills such as digital and financial literacy, regardless of whether they are hiring a dentist or a personal assistant. "For the first time we've got data that shows what employers are looking for from the next generation of young people. Alongside technical skills they want this very broad skill set that we describe as enterprise.”