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Software development skills have the greatest impact on employability

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Many people decided to spend their time in lockdown learning new skills that could help them to find a new job. Among those that attempted to re-skill, most opted for computer programming (opens in new tab) and software development.

This is according to a new report from enterprise open source software company Red Hat, based on a poll of more than 11,000 UK adults, which states that almost half took up a new skill during the pandemic.

A third were motivated by the idea of kickstarting a new career or the job security and stability that comes with a deeper skillset.

The majority of new coders came from a non-technical background (43 percent), while a quarter of new coders previously worked in the IT industry and a tenth were unemployed.

Besides coding (opens in new tab), UK respondents also took to animation and graphic design, personal development, first aid training and editing, as new skills that could also help improve their careers.

“If the pandemic has shown us anything it’s that the future is digital,“ said Werner Knoblich, SVP and GMT at Red Hat EMEA. “It’s heartening to see so many people taking up computer programming or software development as a new skill, particularly those from non-technical backgrounds.”

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.