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Britain is facing “explosive demand” for data science skills and its education system needs to change to keep up, according to a Burning Glass Technologies analysis commissioned by the Royal Society.
Demand for data scientists and data engineers tripled over the past five years, rising 231%. That’s much faster than job postings overall in the UK, which rose 36%, according to the report, “Dynamics of data science skills.”
Different regions saw different growth rates, from 79% in Wales to 269% in the North West and 563% in Northern Ireland. On average, salaries for these roles is £64,376, up 22% over the same period.
Burning Glass has previously looked at the growing demand for data skills in the United States, where employers increasingly require these skills. In fact, data science and analytics skills are a major force creating hybrid jobs, or roles that mix skill sets in new ways. Other research conducted in Australia using Burning Glass data also identified data science as a rising skill, suggesting this is a worldwide phenomenon.
The analysis also looked at the types of skills most frequently required by British employers. The research shows that data science, scripting languages, big data, SQL databases and machine learning are the most frequently needed skills by employers, and increasingly required for data specialists compared to five years ago.
The Royal Society outlined four major steps to addressing the issue, including making it easier for talent to move between government, academia, and the private sector.
The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.