This last blog post on EDF2015 focuses exclusively on the impacts of big data on the labour market. Day two of the conference offered a session on “Educating Data Scientists & Data Skills” which provided some valuable insight into the impact that big data is having on the labour market and whether the observed skills gap in Europe in terms of data technologies can be overcome.
We learnt that data work required multiple skills, from technical to business market, meaning that they are rarely in the same person and that teamwork was therefore very important in a company to design and implement technologies. Gabriella Cattaneo, from IDC’s European Government Consulting unit explained that there were different data worker profiles. “Data workers” were defined as people who collect, store, manage and/or analyze, interpret and visualize data as their primary or as a relevant part of their activity”.