The Most In-Demand Tech Skills In 2019

What are the most in-demand tech skills in 2019? Well, there’s a few contenders. It’s widely acknowledged that the Nordics have an IT skills gap that is thwarting our ability to become global tech leaders. In fact, around half (45%) of CIOs indicate that limited expertise is the most important challenge in the progression of digital transformation.

However, in recent years more investment and research has gone into exposing the tech skills gap. As such, we now have a better idea of the most in-demand tech skills in 2019, in order to address how to fill them. Take a look at the most in-demand tech skills in 2019, to discover what type of candidate businesses will be looking to hire this year.

Machine Learning Knowledge

AI is changing the way that we work, and it’s becoming essential that we have humans at the helm of this technological development. The growth of the machine learning sector has seen an increase in the need for skilled professionals as opposed to labour workers, which has lead to machine learning skills being in-demand in 2019.

Project Management Skills

Managing projects is becoming one of the most in-demand tech skills in 2019, due to the ways that people are working. With an increase in remote working and contract work, the demand for people with project management skills who can pull everyone together to meet deadlines has increased. What’s more, the tech world still has a divide when it comes to tech employees and the rest of the business, so project managers who can translate tech concepts into simple terms for employees, stakeholders and C-suite individuals are in high demand.

Cloud Computing Skills

Since the world has moved to the cloud, Cloud has become an in-demand tech skill in 2019. Knowing how to use AWS and Azure as well as managing big Cloud transformation projects will put candidates ahead of the game when it comes to getting an interview. Employers are looking to hire this talent in-house, so that they can build their tech skills from within rather than having to outsource to contractors and agencies that can be costly.


Blockchain skills topped the list of the top tech skills in 2017, 2018, and now they’ve continued to be one of the most in-demand tech skills in 2019. The reason being, is that blockchain technology is growing and is emerging as a future tech. Investment is strong, and with industries adapting to use blockchain more often, it pays to have professionals on hand who understand the technology.

UX/UI Specialist

Technology is amazing, but most client or consumer facing tech is useless unless it can appeal to its users. Even websites need to be appealing to those who use them and increasingly there is demand for user experience specialists who can make software and website interfaces as seamless as possible. 

IT Security

IT security is becoming increasingly important, and ensuring company data is secure is becoming paramount. Any mistakes in this area of business can harbour huge costs as well as becoming a legal and moral issue. Oslo-based Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education estimates that people needed with IT security skills could reach 15,000 by 2030, so IT security skills are some of the most in-demand in 2019.

Data Science 

Why is data science one of the most in-demand tech skills in 2019? Well, data science is something that takes years to master and therefore the talent can’t complete training in time to fill the demand. According to IBM research the Nordics are “taking 12 times longer than four years ago for organizations to close a skills gap via training”

Data science is an essential skill for businesses looking to govern and manage their data effectively in order to make the most of what they know. As such, data science is a growing in-demand tech skill in 2019 and that growth isn’t looking to slow down as the storage and analysis of data becomes more and more important.

Top Facts That Might Surprise You About The Nordic Tech Scene


  • Mckinsey research has suggested that applying AI techniques could unlock USD 80 billion in value in the Nordics, equivalent to approximately 2 to 3 percentage points in profit margin uplift.

Nordic countries received 16% of tech venture capital and generated 50% of billion-dollar exits in Europe.

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