For the fourth year running, the Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey has found that big data and analytics are top of the skills shortage critical list. This is having a significant impact on all organisations, with two-thirds of IT leaders saying it is preventing them from keeping up with the pace of change.
Given the newness of the discipline, it is not surprising that there aren’t enough skilled data scientists. Very few universities offer pure data science degrees (as opposed to computer science). Many schools still don’t even offer computer science at A-level or GCSE. It’s going to take some years before there are enough skilled data scientists in the workforce.