Last year’s quarantines and remote working emphasised our reliance on technology thanks to the tools we used that allowed us to communicate and cooperate despite the distance we had to maintain. This will likely keep the demand up for tech talent as businesses push increased automation, digitisation and digital transformation. As such, here is a list of in-demand tech skills for 2021

Information security 

In the current digital age, information security is a risk driver. All kinds of businesses that collect information from their customers or handle sensitive data are always at risk of external breaches. And because information security requires a particular skillset and a shortage of people trained in this specific area, this skill is highly coveted today and will be in high demand for the foreseeable future. 

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence continues to be a highly-sought skill in the tech industry. AI technology is being implemented among many sectors nowadays like healthcare, banking, transportation, and retail, to name a few. Because of this, tech firms all over the world are competing for the best talent in AI and ML. No wonder then that the demand for people skilled in artificial intelligence continues to rise.

Data Analysis

To improve strategies and bring greater accuracy to decision-making, industries make use of Big Data. It refers to large and diverse sets of information that continue to grow. That’s why data analysis and data science skills are required to make sense of these chunks of information that industries like banking, manufacturing, and professional services, among others, base and optimise their strategies around. 

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual and augmented reality – collectively known as Extended Reality – is on the rise as one of the most in-demand skills in the tech industry. Many industries use this technology, like healthcare, automotive, architecture, tourism, and it is expected that more will follow in the coming years. But while demand is increasing, job searches are decreasing, implying fewer candidates who have this skill are looking for work. This is an excellent opportunity for those who want to learn VR and AR to fill in those gaps.


Collaborating well with others is also a sought-after skill. When you work in a team, cooperating and collaborating with your team members can make a difference. You can exchange ideas and develop new solutions that can give you an edge in a fast-paced industry.


Good communication skills are always a must, especially in the highly collaborative tech industry. You need to communicate well with your team to solve tech issues or convey your ideas well. You would also need to talk to your clients and adequately translate all the technical jargon into terms that they can understand. With good communication skills, you’re sure to succeed in the tech industry.

Agile Mindset

Beginning as a manifesto for software development, the Agile mindset has been adopted and embedded as a philosophy into the business world since it can be easily applied to any kind of work. Even two decades later, the Agile mindset and its 12 principles still remain relevant for many organisations worldwide, and that’s why many companies look for skilled tech professionals who have an agile mindset that can adapt and thrive in the industry.   

New technologies are being researched and developed every day. So whether you’re looking to get into the tech industry or searching for new talent to add to your team, the willingness to learn combined with the skills above will make for a tech talent superstar. 

Possess any of those in-demand skills? Start the conversation with the best IT recruitment consultants in Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane by emailing or calling 1300 544 652.