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:

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

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