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Hiring Big Data Talent: New Study from CareerBuilder

Hiring Big Data TalentDoes mo’ data mean mo’ problems? A new survey from CareerBuilder finds that the majority of employers feel their employees lack the skills needed to implement their planned big data initiatives.

Hiring Big Data Talent - a survey of over 300 professionals at the IT executive, director and management levels – highlights the challenges employers face in trying to implement big data initiatives and recruit the IT talent equipped to handle these initiatives – as well as they steps they’re taking to address those challenges.

Among the survey’s major findings…

The vast majority of companies (88 percent) say they are facing a shortage of IT talent able to successfully execute on big data initiatives.
Over a third of companies (39 percent) say a lack of available IT talent is negatively affecting their ability to make data-driven decisions, while 36 percent are falling behind in their big data initiatives, and nearly the same number (35 percent) have people in place who are unqualified for the job.
Only 4 percent of companies rate the alignment of existing IT employees’ skill sets with big data initiatives as “excellent,” while over half (56 percent) rate them as “fair” or “poor”.
In effort to overcome these challenges, 75 percent of respondents say they have taken steps to recruit new talent or retain existing talent for big data initiatives. Among those respondents, 43 percent sent current employees to external training programs, 30 percent started internal cross training with other departments, and 26 percent search other departments within the organization for talent.
See the full survey results and methodology below or view them on SlideShare:

Mary Lorenz

About Mary Lorenz

Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.
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