The first half of 2021 has seen plenty of movement in the Business Intelligence & Data Analytics market in Ireland, following a reasonably quiet 2020. We have seen particularly high levels of demand for Microsoft BI specialists, data engineers and data quality & governance professionals, along with more opportunities for BI & Analytics leaders.

The approach of a large portion of both candidates and organisations in 2020 was to “wait and see”, being a bit more risk-averse in hiring or changing jobs. This resulted in smaller numbers of organisations building new teams, fewer new leadership opportunities arising and some companies not replacing people who left.

As we progressed through Q1 and the long period of lockdown, we all began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Companies returned to hiring mode quickly, with many of the larger BI & Analytics employers hiring across the board. Additionally, candidates are now seeing it as a safer, more stable time to make their next career move.

The Microsoft Business Intelligence stack has long been the number one technology stack of choice for organisations in Ireland and they appear to be cementing that position by strengthening their offering. There has been a considerable increase in demand (both contract and permanent) this year, with a particular emphasis on cloud-based technologies (MS Azure, PowerBI, Data Factory, Azure ML, Databricks and others).

If you are an engineer in this space, it is well worth investing in learning these skills as an ever-growing number of organisations are moving in this direction.

The pace of change and adoption of new technologies is always rapid, with many tools and technologies competing for dominance. The move towards adopting cloud technologies is the standout trend and AWS is the premier choice for non-Microsoft organisations.

We are seeing more companies go for a “cloud-native” BI & Analytics stack, utilising Redshift or Snowflake data warehouses, AWS services (S3 commonly), python and a modern data visualisation tool (e.g. Looker, Tableau).


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