4 Hiring trends Affecting the Data Industry Right Now 


  1. Increased use of technology throughout the process.

According to a Talview report[1] businesses are looking to increase their use of video interviewing, provide more online technical skills assessments and to hold more virtual events to the end of 2021. Current technology around chat bots within the recruitment process, screening assessments, all in one platforms, interview and ATS integrations, hiring collaboration and post offer engagement tools are not meeting hiring manager needs however if these improved, the tools would be used more prolifically going forward. What does this mean for candidates? Technology will become a seamless part of the recruitment experience, from understanding how to excel during video interviews to accepting bot chat as part of the process, job seekers will need to hone their skills in this area. Human contact will never be replaced as part of the experience however partnering with technology is here to stay.

  1. Wider geographies opening up for appropriate roles and functions.

Organisations are now wise to the opportunities that have sprung out of the global pandemic and have started to open up roles to people outside of their locality.  This is a unique opportunity for candidates to work for organisations that they could not have considered before the pandemic forced us all into home working. Businesses have gone from being highly sceptical of remote working to understanding that productivity levels do not fall and this is now creating wonderful opportunities for both parties.

  1. Hybrid skills, digital and data capabilities, change management and communication are the top in-demand skillsets for the second half of 2021.


Hybrid skills within highly technical jobs will mean candidates need to pull on their people and interpersonal skills. Examples would include: communication, decision making, teamwork, critical thinking, relationship building, empathy, collaboration, persuasion and adaptability. By developing these skills candidates will enable themselves to show added value to potential employers beyond the narrow applications of their tech specialisations. A Government report into the UK data skills gap revealed that businesses top 5 priority skills in the context of working with data were communication, professionalism, problem solving, data ethics and basic IT skills[2].

  1. Skilled data professionals are in high demand.


Data Analyst skill sets grew by 61% in the UK, Microsoft Power BI grew by 49%, Data Science by 31%, Artificial Intelligence by 28%, Tableau by 26%, Python by 26% and Machine Learning by 24%. Businesses are embracing digital transformation. The smaller a business, the less likely they were to be recruiting for data roles. According to a Government study, nine in ten (91%) micro-businesses were not recruiting for any of these roles, compared to two thirds (67%) of small businesses, just under half (46%) of medium-sized businesses and two fifths (40%) of large businesses.

[1] https://www.talview.com/remote-hiring-trends-2021?submisnGuid=a5751399-4155-460d-8fbe-e64e4291c4e6

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/quantifying-the-uk-data-skills-gap/quantifying-the-uk-data-skills-gap-full-report

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