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What is big data analytics – and what does big data talent look like?

What is big data analytics – and what does big data talent look like?

It may be the biggest buzz term in business right now, but what exactly is big data analytics? What’s more, how can organisations find the big data talent they need?

The term ‘big data’ refers to the huge amounts of structured and unstructured data now available to businesses which, through analysis, allows organisations to gain insights into their industries, enhance their performance and gain competitive advantage.

The material comes from a variety of sources from inside and outside an organisation. These are both traditional (financial records, customer interactions, product transactions) and digital (web statistics, social networks, browsing behaviour).

Together, it's a complicated set of information that is very difficult to process. For organisations, the challenge is to find the right people to acquire, analyse, interpret and translate this data – and then turn it into predictive insights that spur action and lead to business value.

 
 
 

IT recruitment: Top ICT skills in demand in 2014

IT recruitment: Top ICT skills in demand in 2014

Cloud solutions providers, mobile application developers and specialised project managers have emerged as among the most in demand skill sets in IT recruitment in Australia and New Zealand in 2014.

Business analysts and big data experts are also at the top of employers’ wishlists, according to Hudson's ICT Salary and Employment Insights Quick Reference Guide.

See below for the top nine ICT skills in demand – and three experiencing easing demand.

 
 
 

IT jobs: IT workers choose contracting jobs for better pay

IT jobs: IT workers choose contracting jobs for better pay

Unlike the rest of the workforce, the number one reason IT professionals choose contracting jobs over permanent IT roles is because the pay is better, according to Hudson research.

By contrast, the number one reason contractors choose their method of work is because it’s the only way they can find work.

The findings are from research undertaken for Hudson’s Salary & Employment Insights, a comprehensive salary guide to IT salaries across Australia and New Zealand, and point to the rise of the contractor factor in the IT profession.



 
 
 

Accounting Jobs: Top 10 Accounting Skills in 2014

Accounting Jobs: Top 10 Accounting Skills in 2014

The pressure of a changing business environment is seeing candidates who can generate revenue emerge as the most in demand professionals for 2014 accounting and finance jobs, according to Hudson research.

The role of financial business partner topped Hudson’s list of most in-demand roles and skills in 2014, as published in Hudson's Accounting & Finance Salary and EmpIoyment Insights Quick Reference Guide.

Also in high demand are commercial analysts and business transformation managers, while Hudson is seeing easing demand for senior generalists.



 
 
 

IT jobs outlook strong for contractors

IT jobs outlook strong for contractors

Professionals looking for IT jobs may want to revisit contracting: employers are now more likely to hire ICT contractors than permanent employees, according to the latest Hudson Report.

The Hudson Report, released this week, shows intention to hire IT contractors rose 2.0pp (percentage points) to 29.4% this quarter, the highest of all professions.

Intention to hire permanent IT employees, on the other hand, decreased, falling 3.6pp to 25.2%.

The figures suggest more IT employers could hire contractors than permanent staff this quarter, a result unseen in The Hudson Report in recent years.

 
 
 

Accounting & Finance jobs to increase in Australia

Accounting & Finance jobs to increase in Australia

Accounting jobs look set to increase this quarter, with new Hudson research revealing hiring intentions in the Accounting & Finance sector are up by a healthy 4.5 percentage points compared with the first quarter of 2014.

The latest release of The Hudson Report, which surveyed 2887 employers nationally, found 20.1% planned to recruit additional permanent accounting and finance staff during the second quarter of 2014. A further 70% planned to maintain existing staffing levels.

The result is a good sign for the Accounting & Finance sector, and for those seeking accounting jobs, as it represents the third consecutive quarterly rise in hiring intentions for permanent staff.

This quarter’s 4.5 percentage point increase was the most significant of any area examined after hiring intentions in the Public Sector, which jumped 7 percentage points from the previous survey.

 
 
 
 

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