Specialist knowledge is particularly important in the IT sector. But soft skills are also indispensable. A study by LinkedIn and Bitkom shows that decision-makers are already anticipating today that “critical faculty” will no longer come first in the future. In their opinion, the soft skill “cross-functional competencies” will be in first place by 2028.

New soft skills priorities in the IT industry

2018, the list of soft skills (ordered by priority) still looks like this:

  • Critical faculty
  • Decisiveness
  • Conducting conversations and negotiations
  • Employee management
  • entrepreneurial spirit
  • creativity
  • cross-functional competences
  • intercultural competence
  • Presenting and public speaking.

In 2028, the decision-makers expect the following order:

  • Cross-functional competences
  • Conducting conversations and negotiations
  • Employee management
  • Critical faculty
  • intercultural competence
  • Decisiveness
  • entrepreneurial spirit
  • Presenting and public speaking
  • creativity

Communication skills needed in the future

In the future, IT professionals will have to be able to communicate much more effectively than today and possess cultural sensitivity. In the blog of our customer Ratbacher GmbH you can find out more about the changes in soft skills in the IT industry and get valuable tips from an applicant’s perspective.

Some more topics in the detailed article:

How will your soft skills be assessed during the interview?

  • Show interest
  • Search for eye and eye contact
  • Posture and gestures
  • The right outfit
  • Can soft skills and personal abilities be learned?

More in the Ratbacher Blog (German).