Demand for Big Data contractors is on the up

Demand for Big Data contractors is on the up

Posted 30th May 2018 in For Businesses For Workers

Contractors with skills in Big Data could find themselves in demand, according to a new report that shows their expertise is currently much sought-after by businesses.

The latest Tech Cities Job Watch report from Experis shows that demand for Big Data professionals has surged by 78 per cent between the first quarter of 2017 and the same period in 2018, while contractor demand was up by 128 per cent.

This builds on similar momentum recorded in the previous survey for the year before, showing there is no let-up in companies seeking in-depth technical knowledge.

Among the qualifications and skills being looked for by business owners keen to get on top of their IT are Python, Hadoop, Hive, Tableau and Java, but professionals with broader IT knowledge are also being recruited on a self-employed basis to assist with projects.

Experis spokesperson Martin Ewings commented: “A number of regulatory hurdles this year – including the much talked about GDPR – coupled with the growing Internet of Things trend, are putting pressure on businesses to better manage, process, secure and leverage their data. The power of that information is highly prized by organisations and they are eager to acquire the right skills.”

The highest average advertised day rate for Big Data specialists was £504, showing that working in this industry could be quite lucrative for anyone who has the necessary skills and competence.

GDPR deadlines and a lack of understanding among many firms could partly have contributed to this surge in demand and earnings, as companies will understandably have wanted to avoid falling foul of the law.

Mr Ewings added that many self-employed IT experts are working to upskill themselves in Big Data to ensure they can win lucrative positions going forward.

Big Data is becoming an enormous area of work and now often uses cutting-edge analytics that involve artificial intelligence to build better pictures of consumers.

Evidence shows that today, we create as much data every 48 hours as we did from the beginning of time until the year 2000. By 2020, the amount of digital information available will have grown to 50 zettabytes from just 5 zettabytes today.

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