PROSPER MAGAZINE: ISSUE 02 | SECTOR FOCUS
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DRIVING THE 'NEXT GENERATION' OF JOBS IN THE UK
The uptake of AI by industry will drastically change the UK job market in the coming years – with 133 million new jobs expected to be created globally and up to a third of jobs will be automated or likely to change as a result of the emergence of AI – impacting 10.5 million workers.
The findings come from a new report – Harnessing the Power of AI: The Demand for Future Skills - from global recruiter Robert Walters and market analysis experts Vacancy Soft.
Ollie Sexton, Principal at Robert Walters said, “As businesses become ever more resilient there is an increasing amount of pressure on the processes of data capture and integration. As a result, we have seen an unprecedented number of roles being created with data skill set at their core.
“Our job force cannot afford to not get to grips with data and digitalisation. Since 2015 the volume of data created worldwide has more than doubled – increasing (on average) by 28% year-on-year.
“Now is the perfect time to start honing UK talent for the next generation of AI-influenced jobs. If you look at the statistics in this report, we can see that demand is already rife, what we are at risk of is a shortage of talent and skills.”
Demand for Data Professionals
IT professionals dedicated to data management appear to be the fastest-growing area within large or global entities, with volumes increasing ten-fold in three years – an increase in vacancies of 160% since 2015.
More generally speaking, data roles across the board have increased by 80% since 2015 – with key areas of growth including data scientists and engineers.
What has been the most interesting to see is the emergence of data scientist as a mainstream profession – with job vacancies increasing by a staggering 110% year-on-year. The same trend can be seen with data engineers, averaging 86% year-on-year job growth.