Friday, 16 August 2013

Forecasts predict Big Jobs in Big Data


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Earlier this year, e-skills UK and SAS (specialists in business analytics software and services) published Big Data Analytics: Anassessment of demand for labour and skills 2012 - 2017, which forecasts a 92% increase in demand for big data professionals between 2012 and 2017.

The report also shows that all together, IT employment is looking to grow by 2.5% a year over the next five years, which is three times the rate predicted for UK employment as a whole.

Apache Hadoop logoDemand for big data staff will rise the fastest - with a growth rate forecast of 18% per year. This means that by 2017, there will be at least 28,000 new jobs for big data in the UK every year!

The report also shows an analysis of recent demand trends for big data staff, while examining the core occupations and skills currently needed by UK employers implementing big data projects. These include:
  • Hadoop
  • NoSQL
  • Oracle
  • Java
  • SQL

CEO of e-skills UK, Karen Price, stated: "There’s huge potential in UK business to develop competitive advantage and new business through exploiting data assets. We need to ensure there’s a pool of high calibre IT specialist with the right skills to make the most of these opportunities."

 She added: "To truly exploit the benefits of big data, the UK needs a new breed of professionals," adds Mark Wilkinson, Managing Director, SAS UK and Ireland. "It's crucial for the industry to work with academic institutions to ensure that today's students are equipped with the skills so clearly in demand by UK businesses."

You can find the report here.

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Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.