The demand for highly qualified big data analysts is outstripping supply to the point where it can take many months to fill vacancies, according to Georgina Barrick, divisional managing director of Insource ict – a division of ADvTECH Resourcing.
Barrick said there was a dire shortage of all specialised ICT skills.
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“Highly skilled and experienced big data analysts, data science experts, data modellers, machine learning boffins as well as Artificial Intelligence professionals are becoming as hard to find “as hen’s teeth”.
“We all know that there is a dearth of skills in data analytics but there seems little that can be done about the situation in the short term because the majority of students entering universities don’t have the foundational skills in mathematics and science to enter this field.”
She said the primary reason for the shortage was that the big five banks, consulting firms and JSE listed companies were snapping them up as fast as they were graduating.
“Big data has become a panacea for many of the systemic ills that are besetting the South African economy because it is seen as a cure-all. Because – if correctly applied – big data can assist companies to maximise their resources more than any other discipline, these men and women are in huge demand not just in the business world but also in the scientific field which includes medical research and big pharma.
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