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Data Scientist Roles Surge in First Half of 2016

  • 45% increase in roles across Europe
  • UK remains largest market
  • France closing gap fast

Our latest analysis of trends in the Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT) sectors has revealed a significant increase in demand for data scientists in the first half of 2016.

As these emerging sectors continue to mature, our figures show a 45 per cent increase in the number of data scientist roles across the European Union countries. The UK remains the largest market by job creation, having seen a 32 per cent increase in the number of data scientists. However, France – the second largest market – is closing the gap fast with a 59 per cent increase in jobs. Elsewhere in Europe, Portugal saw the biggest growth in the number of data scientists (79 per cent), although it is one of the smallest markets.

Sitting behind the trend, is a distinct shift in attitudes towards Big Data as business leaders wake-up to the opportunities it provides. Technology firms were the first to identify this but the realisation of the power of data-driven strategies has spread to a much broader range of sectors. As a consequence, we have seen demand for contractors in key roles like data scientists sky rocket, particularly in manufacturing and professional and financial services.

Investment in Big Data has also been buoyed by the falling costs of the technology involved and the need for robust security to protect businesses from cyber threats. This has been reflected in a similar surge in demand for IT security contractors.

Our findings follow recent research from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) which predicts 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.

IT contractors interested in working on Big Data or IoT projects should click below for more information and to apply to become a Procorre Consultant. 

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