LinkedIn, the business-oriented social network, has revealed the 25 top skills that got Irish professionals hired last year.

It is the first year that LinkedIn has conducted the research in Ireland, which revealed cloud and distributed computing as the most desirable skill for Irish employers.

Technology dominated the top skills with statistical analysis, search engine optimisation, middleware, and network security making up the remainder of the top five.

LinkedIn generated the list by analysing all of the recruiting and hiring activity that occurred on the site.

The list is as follows:

1Cloud and Distributed Computing
2Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
3SEO/SEM Marketing
4Middleware and Integration Software
5Network and Information Security
6Web Architecture and Development Frameworks
7Data Engineering and Data Warehousing
8Mobile Development
9IBM Mainframes and Systems
10Software Revision Control Systems
11Software Modeling and Process Design
12Data Presentation
13Algorithm Design
14Microsoft Application Development
15SAP ERP Systems
18User Interface Design
19Mac, Linux and Unix Systems
20Electronic and Electrical Engineering
22HR Benefits and Compensation
23Database Management and Software
24Business Intelligence
25Shell Scripting Languages

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