What Digital Skills Tech Employers Want

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Digital transformation is the single most transformational phenomenon of this century, with technology on the steady march to influencing every aspect of our lives. So much so, that experts have dubbed this moment in history as the era of “accelerating change”, and nowhere have we seen a greater impact of the explosive growth in technological advances than in the field of work. Businesses that cannot keep up with the pace of digital transformation are like joggers in a sprint to the finish line, they inevitably fall behind. To prevent obstacles to innovation, savvy organizations will look for candidates who are experts in the most in-demand digital skillsets of today. This means that digital upskilling, reskilling, and cross-skilling are vital for both employees who want to futureproof their career and employers who want to retain their top talent.

elev8 is passionate about bridging the skills gap around the world, and as part of our global vision to set the workforce up for success, we have identified the key digital skills tech employers are increasingly asking for.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing operates by making computer system resources like storage, applications, processing power, networks, and web hosting available on demand. Cloud users can “plug in” to these services as and when they need them, day or night, from anywhere in the world. The reason why tech employers want to hire experts in this field is because cloud computing has become a crucial component of digital transformation strategy. Businesses are increasingly looking for cloud-based solutions to meet their needs as they reap the benefits of lower IT costs, agile response times, and cost-effective efforts to scale. elev8’s training programs recognize the importance of this emerging field, teaching participants about the intricacies of this modern artform.

Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT or internet of things is as literal as they come. The term refers to the technology-stuffed tangible objects we use every day and how they use the internet to communicate, connect, and share data. IoT technology now has the power to transform cities, and estimates predict that by the end of 2022 humans will be using over 29 billion electronic devices every single day. This prognosis goes hand in hand with the rapid advancements seen across electronics, manufacturing, and IT coupled with the global trend towards total digitization. Tech employers want skilled professionals with knowledge of the latest products available on the market, the technologies behind them, and how they can be used to boost their success. elev8 has incorporated IoT focused learning modules in their training programs to give our graduates an edge in the job market.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The simplest description of artificial intelligence is that it involves the creation and application of algorithms to mimic human thought processes and behaviors. AI technologies work to gather information from their surroundings and apply their findings to the situation at hand, with the ultimate objective of making human-like decisions without the Achilles heel of human error. These computers will be able to process, analyze, and respond to data at speeds people cannot, allowing for the automation of increasingly complex decisions at rapid speed. As the world looks to AI as the key to the future, demands for AI fluent candidates have exploded. elev8’s programs equip learners with the latest knowledge in AI trends, meaning they provide even greater value to their company in deploying AI as part of their digital transformation strategy.


In a nutshell, cybersecurity is the protection of hardware, software, networks, systems, and data from malicious digital assault. Such attacks can range from commonplace malware or phishing attempts, denial of service (DOS) or man in the middle (MITM) intrusions to multi-million full scale covert operations. The circumstances of the last few years have only magnified the appetite for cybersecurity experts. Covid-19 multiplied the use of video technology and the trend of remote or hybrid working one hundredfold. The unfortunate result is that companies are more vulnerable than ever to security breaches, with potentially more devastating consequences. The World Economic Forum rang up the average cost of a cyber-attack to a business at $3.6 million per incident, and successful detection of a breach at as many as 280 days (about 9 months) after the first occurrence. elev8’s training programs provide employees with basic cybersecurity skills to detect and prevent attacks. As we move to a world more reliant on cloud technology, AI and IoT, protecting critical networks from emerging threats has never been so important.

Power Skills

Power skills don’t focus on what you’re working on but how you’re doing it. The ability to manage your time effectively, work with others, handle conflict, and problem solve all fall under the umbrella of power or soft skills. Despite business and society’s march towards digitization, there are still humans behind most computers and as such true professionals know that they need a repertoire of soft skills to underpin their technological know-how. Power skills are like the finishing touches to a masterpiece and can make or break your career. At elev8 we incorporate how-based learnings like adopting a growth mindset, conflict resolution, and effective communication into all our initiatives, meaning that employers can trust that elev8 learners not only get work done, but that they work well with others while doing so.

elev8’s unique approach combining both technical and power skills have helped thousands of people around the world achieve success. We look beyond certification, creating comprehensive training programs that target all aspects of employability. Organizations that work with us continue to benefit even after the courses are over, with our talent management program Talentwize used by enterprises to assess their workforce and identify areas for reskilling. Learning and development opportunities are now seen as a key differentiator in the modern job market, with 76% of employees saying they’d stay with a company who invests in their skillset.

The future is digital. At elev8 we have the future in mind. Browse our website to discover how our educational initiatives and digital reskilling programs transform enterprises worldwide.