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DATA


INFORMATION INTO INSIGHT


UK employees want to learn more about data, and they want to do it now, says James Eiloart


T


oday, it’s clear that ‘data’ is a business buzzword in organisations across the


world. Now, more than ever, companies are looking for data analysts and data scientists. A recent study from by Emsi and CareerBuilder1


in


the US showed that there were on average 2,900 unique job postings per month for data scientists – roles that didn’t exist a mere 50 years ago. Companies often turn externally


for their talent search. However, a look internally could be beneficial for both employees and the business.


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Te curiosity around data is there, fully alive and kicking, inside organisations. With just a bit of investment in training to stoke this curiosity, employees would have the opportunity to develop the skills needed to take on new, more enriching, roles in data, and companies would benefit from better business decisions and a more motivated workforce.


The data... on data


Let’s look at the numbers. A recent Censuswide study2


of more than 3,000 UK employees revealed that,


while four in five professionals (84%) believe data skills will be important for their career progression, and a similar percentage (83%) are using data on a weekly basis as part of their role, nearly half (49%) responded that their employer hadn’t offered them any kind of data analytics training. Further statistics from our study


show that Britain’s workforce does not want to shy away from data. In fact, workers fully understand the growing significance of data within their organisation. Almost all the participants in the study said they


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