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Lack of Big Data Skills Push UK Senior Executives Away from Graduates

  • By Allie Philpin 
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New research by Teradata has revealed that only 1 in 10 UK companies will consider new graduates when it comes to recruiting for big data projects, with 72% of respondents saying that it’s because of a lack of the necessary skills to analyse the data effectively.

Teradata’s research, who commissioned the OnePoll survey, also showed that 45% of companies are either planning within the next 2 years or already have a big data project running; of those, 60% said they were having trouble finding the right mix of skills.

Over half of the respondents, 54%, put this problem down to potential employees, including graduates, not possessing the right combination of analytical, business and communication skills; just 30% believe it is down to a lack of experience.

The education sector is responding to the challenge by developing data science courses that focus more on problem-solving skills.  Mark Whitehorn, emeritus professor of analytics at the University of Dundee, said: “Big data has grown rapidly in importance in the commercial world, creating huge demand for data science skills.  In responding to this, we have been able to build on our existing experience to create a Masters course in big data which we believe aligns closely to the needs of business.”

Teradata’s research backs up another recent survey carried out by YouGov, which revealed that only 1 in 5 employers believe that today’s new graduates are ‘work ready’ and possess the necessary basic skills, including teamwork, punctuality and communication skills.

Duncan Ross, Director of data science at Teradata, commented: “When recruiting for big data projects this presents an additional problem in that much of the skills base required centres not on technology skills, but on business skills and understanding, which are attributes in particularly short supply in those leaving university.  However, there are an increasing number of courses looking to redress the balance in academia in delivering technical and business skills.”

By Allie Philpin

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