When thinking about your dream role, what do you imagine? If you’re craving job security, career progression, and plenty of opportunities for professional development, then you could consider a job in data science.
The 2022 IT Skills Report recorded a 295% increase in the number of data science-related tasks recruiters were setting for candidates in the interview process during 2021. However, there is a significant demand-supply imbalance due to a scarcity of skilled individuals.
Recent research by Virgin Media O2 estimates that this digital skills shortage costs the UK economy £12.8bn a year, while 55% of organisations face skill shortages. Respondents to a McKinsey survey say that solving the data analytics skills shortage is a priority focus area.
It’s clear that data science jobs are in high demand. They are often hailed as a fail-safe option in future tech career predictions because data is a key driver of business success. Data scientists enable organisations to process and interpret data which can then be used to make informed decisions.
Another reason for the high demand for data science jobs is that they can work across a wide variety of different sectors including health, education, retail and banking. Every organisation that wants to make data-driven decisions is looking to fill these roles.
For example, in sports, data science can evaluate athletes’ performance, and in healthcare, it can identify and predict disease. Or, in logistics, data science professionals can optimise delivery routes in real-time. The options are truly endless.
Professionals in this field often automate their own machine learning algorithms or design predictive modelling processes that can handle both structured and unstructured data.
However, data science isn’t a one-size-fits-all term. This area of expertise encompasses a diverse range of different job roles including data analyst, data engineer, machine learning engineer, business intelligence developer, data architect, and big data engineer, to name a few.
As you can imagine, all of these roles are in hot demand, especially post-pandemic. Business leaders are more focused on data than ever before as they want to make informed business decisions, optimise spending, and drive growth, especially as we face another recession.
Thankfully, this sector does not seem to be affected by the recent tech layoffs that have been happening globally since the spring of 2022. In fact, recruitment platforms are reporting a sharp rise in the demand for data science-related IT skills.
So, if you’re thinking about changing careers, upskilling, or just want to find out more about data science there has never been a better time to do your research. Here are just three jobs that are available right now on the UKTN Job Board.
Principal data engineer, Citi, London
Are you looking for a job in the Big Smoke? Citi is an American multinational investment bank and financial services corporation headquartered in New York City, but right now the company is looking for a principal data engineer to join the team at its London office. You will work closely with engineering teams and be responsible for helping to roll out data-oriented strategies and components. Essential qualifications include proven work experience as a data architect or data engineer, expertise in building data architectures, and a track record with SQL and integration tools.
Senior data scientist, Monzo, London
Over six million people have a Monzo bank account; the fintech app was one of the first challenger banks, launching back in 2015. Since then, its “hot coral” pink bank cards have become synonymous with mobile banking. Monzo has a growing data science team and a strong culture of data-driven decision-making across the whole company. At the moment, the team at Monzo is on the hunt for a senior data scientist. However, before you apply, make sure that you’re commercially minded, impact-driven, and have a self-starter mindset.
Find the full list of requirements here.
Senior data engineer, Roku, Manchester
Roku is al leading TV streaming platform in the US and its mission is to be the TV streaming platform that connects the entire TV ecosystem. It’s an ambitious goal and Roku will need data science to get there. The company is hiring a senior data engineer in Manchester. The ideal candidate will have endless curiosity and can pair a global mindset with locally relevant execution. You should be a gritty problem solver and self-starter.
Does it sound like you? Check out the full job spec here.