The demand for Data Scientists within the market
“What is a Data Scientist?” we hear you asking, a Data Scientist is someone employed to analyse data and understand complex digital data, such as statistics for a website. This data is then usually used to help a business with decision making and as a way to see how things are getting on. The term Data Scientist came out of nowhere as tech firms needed to find people to carry out a multitude of analytical tasks.
Due to this, there has been an increase in the demand for Data Scientists in the last decade as well as other titles within the tech sector such as Data Analysts. However, this demand has exceeded the supply of those who, traditionally, would have been suitable for this type of work, such as those with doctorates in Computer Science. But now, people are entering the field from unconventional routes and jobs are no longer limited on experience with both graduates and those with years of experience being hired for these roles.
Hear from David Southwood, Principal Consultant in Technology here at Sanderson, who talks about his experience on hiring for roles within the market.
“The data market in general has seen an increase in demand over the past 18+ months and we have experienced a high level of demand for Data Scientists in particular, on both contract and permanent basis. This is with clients across several sectors including Financial Services/Insurance, Retail, Manufacturing and Engineering from clients in the South West to London, as well as the North region. A number of clients have started to expand their advanced analytics capabilities with requests for candidates with AI, Machine learning experience and technical skills with programming languages such as Python and R.
“We have worked with companies at both ends of the experience scale from seasoned contractors to graduates to move into their first Data Science role. As well as this, experienced permanent hires are moving into more strategic/lead roles with a view of building a team around them over the next 12-18 months, so we’re not expecting the demand to quieten any time soon.”