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Data Scientist roles surge in the UK

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This year has seen a significant increase in the number of data scientist positions in the UK according to a new report. Research shows, roles for data scientists have rise by 32% in the first half of 2016. While the report by Procorre revealed the number of roles also went up in Europe by 45%, the UK remains Europe’s largest market for the creation of data scientist jobs.

This rise can be credited to the development of big data and Internet of Things (IoT) sectors. The findings follow recent research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), which predicted that big data and, more broadly, IoT will create 182,000 new jobs in the UK alone by 2020, including data scientists, analysts, developers and engineers.

Wiktor Podgorski, head of the relationship management team at Procorre, said: “We have seen a distinct shift in attitudes towards Big Data in our client base over the last six months as business leaders wake-up to the opportunities it provides. The realisation of the power of data-driven strategies has spread from technology businesses to a much broader range of sectors. As a consequence, we have seen demand for consultants and contractors in key roles like data scientists sky rocket, particularly in manufacturing and professional and financial services.”

Podgorski added: “The credibility of Big Data as a strategic asset is driving the change. Investment is also being buoyed by the falling costs of the technology involved and the need for robust security to protect businesses from cyber threats. This is reflected in a similar surge in demand for IT security contractors and consultants.”

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Computer Weekly reported,  The number of industries collecting and using data to improve cost effectiveness, efficiency and customer service is increasing. However, businesses often struggle to know what to do with the large amounts of data involved.

Not only are companies aiming to recruit data scientists to solve this problem, but many are also training their current employees to spot and exploit data trends.

As companies collect and use more and more data with the rapid growth in the IoT sector, the data scientist role is becoming more important to fill. If similar trends continue, the labour market will see a steady progression of job roles in the IT industry.

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