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Big data workforce set to significantly increase by 2020

By . December 20, 2018
The big data workforce is expected to increase by a staggering 346,000 professionals by 2020, according to recent research conducted by the Tech Partnership and SAS UK.

An estimated 56,000 job opportunities will be become available in the next five years, pushing the job growth rate up to 160% despite the shortages currently being experienced in the big data sector.

Recruiters have reported that 77% of big data positions were either ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ difficult to fill, leading to salaries being increased to £55,000 in order for demand to be met.

Some 96% of advertised positions between 2012 and 2013 were situated in England, with 63% based in London. Just five per cent of roles were available in the North West and Yorkshire, whilst Wales and Ireland combined made up for just one per cent.

An investment of more than £100m has already been made by SAS to support universities in the UK to train the next generation of big data professionals.

Tech Partnership Director, Karen Price, said: "This report confirms that big data is a highly significant growth area for the UK economy, yet there is a real shortage of skilled people coming into the industry. It is vital that we attract new talent to ensure that businesses have the skilled staff they need to grow and be successful.”

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