hat are the top ten skills that employers want?

Based on a number of surveys on the skills required by graduates undertaken by Microsoft, Target Jobs, the BBC, Prospects, NACE and AGR and other organisations, here is our summary of the skills which were most often deemed important.

  1. Gather information systematically to establish facts & principles. Problem solving.
  2. Able to act on initiative, identify opportunities & proactive in putting forward ideas & solutions
  3. Determination to get things done. Make things happen & constantly looking for better ways of doing things.
  4. Able to express yourself clearly in writing
  5. Able to plan activities & carry them through effectively
  6. Adapt successfully to changing situations & environments
  7. Manage time effectively, prioritising tasks and able to work to deadlines.
  8. Able to express your ideas clearly and confidently in speech
  9. Understand the commercial realities affecting the organisation.

The most important skills to develop in employees to drive company growth over the next five years were (according to the Flux Report by Right Management):

Leadership skills 62%
Management skills 62%
Interpersonal skills 53%
Innovation and creativity 45%
Resilience 43%
Technical/specialist skills 40%
IT skills 40%
Sales/marketing skills 32%
Client management skills 24%
Other/none of the above 4%