Britain is facing “explosive demand” for data science skills and our education system needs to change to keep up, according to a Burning Glass Technologies analysis (using the data behind Labour Insight), commissioned by the Royal Society.

Demand for data scientists and data engineers has tripled over the past five years, rising 231%. That’s much faster than job postings overall in the UK, which rose 36% according to the report, Dynamics of data science skills.

Different regions saw different growth rates, from 79% in Wales to 269% in the North West and 563% in Northern Ireland. On average, salaries for these roles is £64,376, up 22% over the same period.

The analysis also looked at the types of skills most frequently required by employers. The research shows that data science, scripting languages, big data, SQL databases and machine learning are the most frequently needed skills by employers, and increasingly required for data specialists compared to five years ago.

The Royal Society outlined four major steps to addressing the issue, including making it easier for talent to move between government, academia, and the private sector.

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

Growth of Data Science and Advanced Analyst (DSAA) job postings across the UK from 2013 to 2017 –18

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