- Companies still desperately need workers with technology skills to protect information as they move to digitize data. Traditional industry skills are experiencing a surplus that rose steadily throughout the year.
Industry skills gaps in the United States threaten the long-term competitiveness of both workers and employers. The Strayer@Work Skills Index, based on our proprietary analysis of select data from LinkedIn, takes an unprecedented look at the supply and demand of specific skill sets across top industries. This fact sheet summarizes the largest skill gaps, surpluses, and trends of 2016 and forecasts expectations for the year ahead.
Across most industries, the past year was marked by unprecedented growth in the need for technology skills. In 2017, job seekers should think creatively about which jobs and industries match their skills, and employers must make increased efforts to attract talent with the needed skills.
Methodology: The Strayer@Work® Skills Index analyzed select skills in the public profiles of LinkedIn members in the United States who work in the financial services, food and beverage, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, retail, and travel and tourism industries. It measures both the supply and demand of the select skills. The supply side of the formula measures the prevalence of select skills within the profiles of members in a particular industry, relative to the overall population of LinkedIn members in the U.S. The demand side of the formula shows the desirability of select skills within a particular industry, relative to its overall demand, as measured by U.S. members who received an InMail message from a recruiter within the past year.