80% of UK businesses looking to hire a data scientist in 2019

In 2012, American academics, DJ Patil and Thomas H. Davenport wrote in a Harvard Business Review article that data science is “the sexiest job of the 21st century”. They wrote: “If ‘sexy’ means having rare qualities that are much in demand, data scientists are already there.

They are difficult and expensive to hire and, given the very competitive market for their services, difficult to retain.” Looking back retrospectively, this article was, arguably, right on the money and if their definition of “sexy” is correct, data scientists are now the sexiest they’ve ever been. According to a new study from MHR Analytics, 80% of UK companies are planning to hire data scientists or seek data consultancy in 2019.

Author: Andrew Ross

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