IT study reveals greater need for ‘big data’ specialists


Thousands of IT specialist roles are set to be created over the next few years after a study by IT skills agency – e-skills UK and software supplier – SAS revealed a gap in the market



IT study reveals greater need for ‘big data’ specialists
Big data is a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process


Thousands of IT specialist roles are set to be created over the next few years after a study by IT skills agency – e-skills UK and analytical software supplier – SAS revealed a gap in the market of individuals who possess sufficient enough analytical capabilities.

Endorsed by Birmingham City University (BCU), the study – ‘Big Data Analytics: an assessment of demand for labour and skills, 2012-2017’ was conducted in response to the growing catalogue of complex scientific information that exists with simply not enough specially-skilled scientists to process and interpret it productively at present.

With a gap in the market for IT experts who can process so-called ‘big data’, interested individuals will be buoyed from the fact that BCU predict the demand for such specialists is set to increase by 92 per cent over the next five years.

Managing director at SAS, UK & Ireland, Mark Wilkinson said “The research conducted with e-skills UK supports our own concerns, as well as those of our customers and partners, that we are already experiencing serious skills shortages.”

However, this current state of affairs in the IT industry provides the perfect opportunity for greater education and active persuasion aimed at youngsters who are willing to choose this type of career path when approaching university age.

A way in which SAS are going about addressing the shortages comes with the launching of the ‘SAS Student Academy’ in collaboration with BCU that will support educational establishments and train students with the real life skills that they need to plug the gap in the industry.

“The SAS Student Academy is designed not only to equip students with big data analytics skills that are so desperately required, but in so doing to help UK businesses take advantage of the innovation and efficiency big data can deliver,” Wilkinson continued.

Taylor Williams | 24 Dec 2012



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