Data science professionals now command the highest salaries of any tech roles in the UK, with a 29% increase in demand year on year and a 344% increase since 2013, as more and more organisations wake up to the power of data insight.
According to a report by online training specialist Simplilearn, the annual salary of a data scientist has now reached up to £120,000, making it the highest paying job role of 2022. For their bosses, chief data officers, annual pay can be as high as £323,000.
There is also huge demand for big data engineers (£112,000), IoT solutions architects (£104,000), AI engineers (£88,400); and cloud architects (£86,000).
A recent Mana Search Salary Report claimed that data professionals are in such high demand that even trainee data science roles are now commanding salaries which exceed the pay of junior doctors, lawyers and dentists.
And earlier this month it was revealed that the John Lewis Partnership has launched a major recruitment drive to bring on board more than 150 new data and tech staff.
The move, which follows a similar searches by Bloom & Wild and Marks & Spencer, as well as virtually every other UK firm, is part of the Partnership’s investment in digital that aims to make customers’ omnichannel experience more seamless.
At the time, the Partnership’s head of engineering Sandra Christie said: “We have an industry-leading team driving the digital growth of our two iconic brands, Waitrose and John Lewis. It’s our partners who make the difference and we’re really excited to be making this significant investment in growing our engineering talent.”
Meanwhile last month, Tech Mahindra, a provider of digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering services and solutions, said it was creating 1,000 jobs in the UK around AI and data science.
Tech Mahindra is among the top Indian technology investors in the UK and together with academia and research institutes, Tech Mahindra Makers Lab plans to bolster AI growth in the UK and across over 90 countries where it operates.
This move is part of the new UK-India collaboration on artificial intelligence made during Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent visit to India.
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