February 2, 2016 3:27 pm
Updated: February 2, 2016 4:19 pm

Here are the skills Canadian employers are looking for in 2016

Jay Heller, left, IPO Execution Officer for Nasdaq, shows Keith Dunleavy, CEO of Inovalon, the progress of pricing for his company's stock on computer screens during the Bowie, Maryland health-tech firm's IPO at the Nasdaq MarketSite, Feb. 12, 2015.

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What are the skills employers are looking for in 2016? According to a recent poll by LinkedIn, Canadian companies want to hire people with advanced computer skills.

The professional networking site recently released a list of the top 25 skills for job seekers in Canada and around the world.

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In Canada, analysis, data entry and software development and programming skills dominate the list with statistical analysis and data mining as the most desirable skill in 2015.

In a study conducted by Workopolis, employers are looking for people with advance digital literacy. Skills and knowledge in HTML5 and Google analytics are valued and sought after.

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Canadians seeking employment outside the country will find many of those same skills an asset in countries like Australia and the U.K. where analytics and software development skills are in high demand.

However, Canadians need to be aware of the different demands in foreign job markets.

With massive layoffs in the oil and energy sector and the national unemployment rate at 7.1%, this can be an opportunity for Canadians to undergo education to develop new skills and enter a new career path.

Statistic Canada reported an increase in employment in the health care, educational and financial sector. These sectors are increasingly becoming more digital to connect with their consumers. Skilled labourers with advance computer skills will be in demand in 2016.

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