Speculation over who will succeed Daniel Craig as the next James Bond may have been rife for months, but back in the real world it seems that 007 is becoming obsolete as MI5 kicks off a major recruitment drive to build an army of data and behavioural scientists to combat terrorist threats.
Artificial intelligence-related courses have emerged as the most popular in the UK this year, with Stanford University’s online machine learning course topping the charts, followed by courses such as AI for Everyone, Introduction to TensorFlow, and Programming for Everybody.
Data science, data protection and tech jobs are dominating the UK recruitment market, according to an analysis of LinkedIn users’ profiles, with artificial intelligence and machine learning roles leading the way.
Zurich UK has become the latest high-profile brand to open its own data academy as part of the finance giant’s plans to put data at the heart of its business and equip staff with skills for the future.
Wise, the campaigning group for greater gender balance in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), is calling for employers, professional bodies and educators to set a target of achieving 30% of women in core STEM roles on the back of new official figures which reveal there has been virtually no progress in the tech industry for a decade.
Women in Data crowned its annual conference last week with the unveiling of the new 20 in Data and Technology, this year presented in association with N Brown Group. In front of a packed auditorium of nearly 1,000 delegates - most of them wearing this year’s signature colour red - the 2019 list filed on to the stage to take a bow.
The Scottish government is being urged to address the disadvantages which prevent young people from taking up science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, amid calls for "systemic change" to prevent girls being locked out of the jobs of the future.