Data Market Observations: April 2023

In this month's market commentary, we're exploring some of the pressing trends and challenges businesses face in the ever-changing data science arena.

A top concern for business leaders is the mounting significance of data governance and compliance. With data being the driving force behind modern organisations, adherence to regulations like GDPR and CCPA has become crucial. To tackle this issue, companies are on the lookout for data science professionals skilled in data governance, privacy and security.

Another trend that's been gaining traction is the demand for data scientists with strong domain knowledge, in addition to technical expertise. Companies have realised that industry-specific experts can bridge the gap between data-driven insights and practical business strategies. Consequently, businesses are increasingly seeking data science professionals with experience in their respective sectors, such as finance, healthcare, or retail.

In our chats with data leaders this month, we've noticed a growing interest in augmented analytics' roles in business decision-making. Augmented analytics marries artificial intelligence and machine learning with traditional analytics, automating data preparation, analysis and insights generation. This allows businesses to make data-driven decisions quickly and on a larger scale, increasing demand for professionals adept in augmented analytics.

Moreover, the shift to remote working, triggered by the global pandemic, has placed a greater emphasis on collaboration and communication within data teams. Data leaders now prioritise incorporating collaborative tools and platforms that facilitate smooth communication among data scientists, engineers and business stakeholders. As a result, candidates boasting strong communication skills and experience with remote teams are highly sought after.

A further topic cropping up in our discussions is the growing curiosity surrounding explainable AI (XAI). As machine learning models become more intricate and obscure, the need for transparency and interpretability in AI systems has turned paramount. Companies are on the hunt for data scientists who can create interpretable models and effectively communicate their insights to non-technical stakeholders.

In response to these trends, businesses are adopting a strategic approach to talent acquisition and retention. They're offering competitive salaries, flexible work arrangements and professional development opportunities to attract and retain top data science talent. Furthermore, companies are focusing on fostering inclusive work environments that encourage diversity and innovation.

Regarding projects, businesses stress the importance of a clear data strategy to guide their data science endeavours. They recognise that a well-defined data strategy allows them to allocate resources efficiently, prioritise high-impact projects and secure the long-term success of their data-driven initiatives.

As businesses continue to navigate the complexities of data science trends and challenges, including the growing importance of data governance, domain knowledge, augmented analytics, remote collaboration, explainable AI and strategic talent management, those that can adapt and align their data science capabilities with emerging trends will be better equipped to outpace competitors and generate significant business impact.

We welcome your thoughts on these trends and whether you think they'll continue to shape the data science landscape in the coming year?

Author Bio


Michael started MBN to deal with what he perceived as a weakness within the recruitment industry and its lack of deep domain expertise in the areas of data, analytics and technology. 15 years on, MBN is a hugely successful and market leading provider of People Solutions to disruptive and fast moving businesses seeking the very best talent to support their strategic intent. MBN’s success has come about through leadership and passion to collaborate and build communities of stakeholders. In recent years this has been evidenced through organising and facilitating two of the UK’s most compelling networking groups: Scotland Data Science & Technology and Blockchain Scotland Meet-Up Group. With such groups playing a pivotal role in helping to surface unmet clients’ needs and helping to build links with an enhanced candidate pool, he has also used this as a platform for growth by hosting events such as ScotChain, CityChain and Data Talent 2.0. Outside of MBN, he continues to act as an advisor and mentor to a number of start-ups, charities and third-sector organisations and have provided support to many government agencies seeking to understand the evolving complex landscape of Data Talent Acquisition.