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Written by:
Alex Liggatt

The most in demand data engineering skills right now

With more and more companies looking to get valuable insights from their data, it’s no surprise that data engineering is in such high demand right now. But what are employers looking for?

If there’s something we all know about data, it’s that it’s absolutely useless unless you can yield actionable insights from it.

So, as all businesses look to become ‘data-driven’, they are turning to the people that can make that happen: data engineers & data scientists.

A recent report by Burning Glass Technologies, commissioned by the Royal Society, revealed that demand for data scientists and data engineers tripled over the past five years, rising 231%. Of the 9.2 million job adverts analysed, just over one in 10 (996,000) required data expertise.

That reflects what we’re seeing at Revoco HQ. Brands in retail, FMCG, Fintech – in fact, you name the sector – have come to us in the past few months asking for data engineering talent.

With a newly trained data engineer being able to expect a starting salary in the region of £35,000, and a principal/lead easily being able to demand anywhere up to £100,000, it’s an incredible industry to get into. And there’s no better time to do it!

With the demand for data engineers and data scientists more than tripling in the last 5 years, it’s no surprise that employers are falling over each other to secure it.

But what in particular are they looking for?

If you’re a data engineering professional, make sure you’ve brushed up on your Cloud technologies, predominantly Azure (Databricks, Datalakes and DataFactory); orchestration tools such as Airflow; and streaming tools like Kafka.

If you’re looking at upskilling in Azure in particular, here is a list of some of the best resources.

There are, of course, plenty of other skills employers are looking for, but these are the ones that employers are searching for, time and time again.

Confident in your data engineering skills and looking to make your next move? Drop me an email today to see our latest roles.


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