Article authored by the Head of Data at X4 Technology, Jacob Knight.
I have been helping businesses appoint data scientists for 3 years and in that time, I have already seen the field change greatly with the rise of AI, and have experienced first-hand the widening gap between supply and demand.
A recent study highlighted that 28% more data scientists are required globally and the demand in the form of job postings is continuing to rise sharply. Despite this, 46% of CIOs report suffering from a shortage of skilled data scientist professionals and searches for data science positions by job seekers are growing at a much slower pace of 14%, highlighting a clear skills shortage when it comes to finding the right fit.
When a client reaches out to me because they need an individual data scientist or they are growing an entire division, there’s a number of things I ask them as it’s essential to narrow down their exact requirements in a market that can be hard to navigate at times. Here are my top 4 things to consider: