Your data analysis questions, answered
What is the salary for data analyst jobs?
Salaries differ depending on the role, location and the experience of the individual. In London, a data analyst can expect to earn between £30,000-£50,000 per annum, a performance analyst can expect a salary of £40,000-£55,000 per annum, and a data & analytics/BI manager can earn between £70,000-£90,000.
A data architect in London can make between £80,000-£120,000.
For contractors, a data analyst in London can earn between £250-£350 a day, a performance analyst between £350-£400, and a BI manager between £450-£500 per day. An experienced contractor data architect can earn a day rate of between £450-£550.
What type of employers are hiring data analysts?
Almost all industries have a need for professionals to help them make sense of their data.
Mid-sized to large organisations have traditionally been those employers who most require in-house data professionals, as well as smaller organisations that are data-centric, but many start-ups and scale-ups today also recognise the importance of these skills to help them fine-tune their product offering and grow sales.
What qualifications or experience are beneficial to my applications for data analyst jobs?
It is beneficial to have a degree in maths, statistics, or some form of computing.
However, due to the acute shortage of skilled data analysts, many organisations are now prioritising proven experience over qualifications, and some are even focusing almost solely on potential and offering to provide learning and development opportunities for those with an analytical mindset and an understanding of data analytics.
What are the advantages of working as a data analyst?
First and foremost, data is an exciting area to be working in – in today’s information-driven world, data analysts make sense of complex data and impact decision-making by giving evidence-based, forward-looking insights.
Data is powering the world around us and is now an essential part of most industries and functions, including marketing, R&D and the development of new technology.
The importance of data is also powering the surge in demand for data scientists
and data analysts, which means that remuneration packages in this field are typically well above the national average.
What technical and soft skills does a data analysis professional need to have?
If you are applying for a job as a data and analytics professional, it’s important to be highly proficient in advanced Excel skills and visualisation tools such as PowerBI, Tableau and/or Qlik, as well as having an understanding of databases (whether SQL, Oracle, MySQL or No SQL).
Computer programming skills and SQL coding are also skills in demand, and you should also keep up-to-date with advances in Big Data technology and understand how these can be applied to your role.
However, it’s not just technical skills which are in demand – soft skills will help separate you from the competition. You should have an analytical mind and the ability to spot trends, and excellent communication and presentation skills – including the ability to clearly communicate your reports and insights to a non-technical audience.
What data analyst jobs are available?
If you’ve found yourself here, you’re probably looking to take the next step in your data analyst career journey. Well, you’re in luck, as we have a variety of roles suitable for all skill sets, so you’re sure to find the job you’ve been dreaming of here.
Discover data analyst contract jobs, data processing jobs, business data analyst roles and much more when you browse our list of available roles near you. Or, if you wish to develop your data analyst skills further, our My Learning platform
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