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Disruptive Skills Matrix

Identify the skills that are critical for your organization’s future success.


The Disruptive Skills Matrix gives a high-level view of the projected change in demand and cost of skills over the next two years to empower your workforce planning.

With this tool you can:

CheckmarkSee the top growing skills in your industry
CheckmarkSee the salary premium for those skills
CheckmarkBegin planning for your organization's future skill needs

Lightcast skills data is predictive.

With the future of work always changing, you need to be able to anticipate what’s next. 

A custom Lightcast Disruptive Skills Matrix will help organizations like yours understand the skills landscape for your critical roles in order to predict and plan your next move.

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With detailed skills data, you can optimize job descriptions, address skills gaps, build an L&D strategy, and more.

Quadrant Descriptions


Low cost to hire
Moderate need for new training programs
Moderate risk to future productivity


Low cost to hire
Weak need for new training programs
Low risk to future productivity


High cost to hire
Strong need for new training programs
High risk to future productivity


High cost to hire
Moderate need for new training programs
Moderate risk to future productivity

Skills Types

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Specialized Skills

Skills that are primarily required within a subset of occupations or equip one to perform a specific task (e.g. "NumPy" or "Hotel Management"). Also known as technical skills or hard skills.

Common Skills

Skills that are prevalent across many different occupations and industries, including both personal attributes and learned skills (e.g. "Communication" or "Microsoft Excel"). Also known as soft skills, human skills, and competencies.


Recognizable qualification standards assigned by industry or education bodies (e.g. “Cosmetology License” or “Certified Cytotechnologist”).

Lightcast offers an open-source library of 32,000+ skills gathered from hundreds of millions of online job postings, profiles, and resumes.

Axis Metrics

To measure the evolution of skill requirements in the labor market, Lightcast has developed a robust and dynamic skills taxonomy based on its analysis of hundreds of millions of online job postings, resumes, and social profiles.

Skill Value

The difference in market salary for a role with and without a given skill requirement expressed as a percentile (e.g., for a skill in the 50th percentile, half of all skills command a lower salary premium).

Projected Growth

This metric forecasts two-year skills growth, identifying skills that are growing or declining compared to other skills.

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