Big Data Analytics

e-skills UK produced two reports on Big Data Analytics this year on behalf of SAS UK, both of which focus on the current/forecast uptake of big data analytics in the UK and the related implications for labour/skills demand.

Adoption and employment trends, 2012-1017 (November 2013)
Our most recent report provides baseline/trend estimates for Big data adoption and employment extrapolated from the findings of a bespoke survey of over 1,000 UK employers undertaken earlier in the year (2013).

An assessment of demand for labour and skills, 2012-2017 (January 2013)
This report provides a detailed analysis of the demand for big data specialists in the UK, identifying the key skills and occupations currently sought by employers and the likely demand arising over the coming 5 years based on existing data sources.

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Adoption and employment trends, 2012-2017
(November 2013)

Big Data Analytics Nov 13 report coverThis report, issued in November 2013, predicts that around a third of the UK’s larger organisations (employing 100 or more staff) - around 6,400 - will implement big data analytics programmes in the next five years, pushing the demand for big data specialists up by 243 per cent to 69,000.

Some 90 per cent of firms believe they could achieve major or minor business benefits by raising the skills of their big data analytics users. Data and analytics skills is identified by them as most likely to generate the largest business benefits. Almost half of those organisations (45 per cent) believe they would realise business benefits through appropriate training. This is especially important as three out of five large UK organisations find it challenging to hire the specialists that they need.

The impact of the rise of big data goes beyond the big data specialists. Currently, it is estimated that there are around 94 core big data users in every large UK organisation which has implemented a big data analytics programme, equating to about 383,000 people in total. These are employees - outside of the IT or data teams - who use specific big data tools such as dashboards, key performance indicator data or market analysis. Though proportionately, the rise in the number of big data users is likely to be lower than specialists (177 per cent over the next five years), and the number of users is set to rise dramatically to around 644,000 by 2017.

The results detailed in the report are based on the largest study of the uptake of big data analytics ever undertaken in the UK. Data was collected from over 1,000 organisations in total - 541 SMEs via an existing Omnibus survey and more than 500 larger firms (with 100 or more staff) by way of a dedicated telephone survey.

Click on the link below to download the report:
Big Data Analytics, November 2013 PDF 891KB

An assessment of demand for labour and skills, 2012-2017
(January 2013)
Big Data Analytics Jan 13 report cover

This report, issued in January 2013, aims to provide an understanding of the developing demand trends for big data related staff in the UK, focusing in particular on demand arising within the IT function of UK businesses.

The report shows that IT employment as a whole is set to grow by 2.5% a year over the next five years, more than three times the rate predicted for UK employment as a whole. Over the same period, the report predicts that demand for big data staff will rise even more rapidly - with the growth rate forecast at 18% per annum, by 2017 there will be at least 28,000 openings for big data staff in the UK each year.

The report also provides a detailed analysis of recent demand trends for big data staff and examines the core occupations and skills currently needed by UK employers implementing big data projects. These include Hadoop, NoSQL, Oracle, Java and SQL.

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Big Data Analytics report, January 2013 PDF 650KB


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