Top firms tap into Scottish universities to hire talent

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Top students at Scotland's leading universities are getting the chance to meet up with some of the world's biggest companies at next month's Data Talent event in Glasgow, organised as part of Scotland's Data Fest 18.

This is an increase of nearly 60% and, according to the event's organisers, demonstrates the growing market for data talent in Scotland, which is estimated to be worth in the region of £17bn.

Companies confirmed to attend include Data Fest sponsors SAS and Merkle Aquila, and organisations including Royal Bank of Scotland, Heineken, Sainsbury's Bank and the Scottish Government, among many others looking to connect with new talent.

Data Lab skills manager Joshua Ryan-Saha said: "Data is becoming an increasingly valuable resource in a growing range of sectors and industries. The demand for those educated in its use is growing rapidly and Scotland is increasingly regarded as a hub for fostering new data talent. The opportunity for students to meet directly with potential employers is an incredibly valuable one, and the direct impact the event has on jobs post-graduation is measurable."

In the past three years, over 500 students have benefited directly from the Data Lab's educational programme, including 130 students embarking on the latest Data Science MSc courses at 11 of Scotland's universities.

The Data Talent event will run over the course of a day in Glasgow, allowing for networking opportunities in addition to talks and exhibits. There will also be a chance for students to attend skills workshops.

Robin Huggins, director of academy and client services at MBN Solutions, Data Talent recruitment partner, said: "Scotland is in a unique position in its ability to foster and shape data talent. The proximity of our universities, and the collaborations between them have created a vibrant community which employers are increasingly tapping into.

"Our students graduate with real-world experience as well as world-class training, so they are prime targets for the most competitive of employers. Events such as Data Talent are incredibly valuable in the encouragement of dialogue between students and employers, and the range of businesses taking part in the event demonstrates the scale of industries currently expanding in the data field."