Canadian employers across all regions, sectors, and industries are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit, retain, and train big data and analytics professionals, according to a new white paper published by Canada’s Big Data Consortium, Closing Canada’s Big Data Talent Gap.
Through a first-of-its-kind national, multi-sector study, the Consortium found that Canada’s Big Data Talent Gap is estimated between 10,500 and 19,000 professionals with deep data and analytical skills, such as those required for roles like Chief Data Officer, Data Scientist, and Data Solutions Architect. The gap for professionals with solid data and analytical literacy to make better decisions is estimated at a further 150,000, such as those required for roles like Business Manager and Business Analyst.
Even when the overall gap is narrowed, a shortage of talent with the right skills will persist unless existing academic and training curriculum are expanded to better meet employers’ needs. The Consortium believes that the talent gap is constraining Canada’s ability to innovate, compete, and grow the economy, and advises that industry, government, and academia must collaborate and start taking action now.
Working with senior information technology and information management leaders in Canada, the Consortium has developed six strategies, presented in this paper, to help close the country’s big data and analytics talent gap.