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Tech Skills in Most Demand This Year: Data, Cloud, Cybersecurity

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Global recruiting firm Hays estimated that 68% of information technology (IT) employers will increase full-time IT hiring this year, while 53% will increase their use of consultants, particularly in the areas of cybersecurity and cloud computing.'s Leslie Stevens-Huffman said Foote Partners' latest compilation of in-demand IT jobs shows an observable shift toward opportunities in data management and analysis.

According to the Foote research, "AI (artificial intelligence) will go mainstream in 2019 and make big leaps in the next two to three years as companies look to gain real business impact from AI tools. As that occurs, AI will become a foundational skill required of everyone who works in tech in a corporate workforce."

The Foote research also observed that 12 of the 25 top-paying certifications are related to information/cybersecurity, adding, “Almost every job in tech now requires security awareness and basic know-how."

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