In today’s business world, data is fast becoming the key to making better strategic decisions and allowing companies to enhance connections with customers.
However, with the rapid growth of the data industry in Singapore and the need for data to be managed and interpreted, more and more companies are in need of skilled professionals who know how to translate raw data and extract valuable information.
Consequently, the role of the Data Scientist in Singapore is growing in importance. According to the recent Robert Half Salary Guide, data scientists are now one of the top five in-demand hiring roles in Singapore.
And because of such market conditions, companies are under mounting pressures to offer an attractive Data Scientist salary in Singapore to draw in-demand talent.
The rise of data in Singapore
The data industry in Singapore has seen a rapid evolution in recent years, including:
- Data centre operations have grown significantly in Singapore over the last few years, with approximately two dozen providers and over forty data centres located here.
- Singapore is fast becoming a hotspot for data storage and processing and is the fourth largest market in the Asia-Pacific for internet data centres (behind Japan, China and India).
- Internet giants such as Google, Amazon and Facebook have chosen Singapore as one of their destinations to house data. In fact, Facebook is currently investing S$1.4 billion into building a 170,000 square-metre building in Singapore, which will become the world’s largest data centre under one roof.
- The data industry is said to contribute around S$1 billion to Singapore’s economy each year.
So, what is driving the demand?
As Singapore becomes more and more data-driven, data becomes valuable for those with the talent to apply such knowledge to practical business use. While the availability of data is growing exponentially, the challenge for businesses is to extract meaningful value and insight from the wealth of information, and translate it into informed business decisions.
Business intelligence is used to inform decisions about everything from new product development, to marketing campaigns, to supply chain design. Companies in Singapore are also relying on these insights to help them improve cyber-security, employee retention, recruitment and productivity, customer service and engagement, and much more.
Data expertise is also highly sought-after with companies re-imagining their business processes. They are increasingly turning to data to identify ways for their organisation to eliminate inefficiencies while using data visualization tools for reporting and planning purposes.
This is where the Data Scientist comes in. Singaporean businesses need people with knowledge of statistics and modelling to unlock the value of complex, unprocessed data from an array of sources. Those sources can include everything from machine log data, digital media and documents, databases, the web, and social media channels.
What companies are looking for
Because data-driven business intelligence can be used in so many ways, Singaporean companies are on the hunt for data scientists who have strong business acumen, alongside the expected technical skills and qualifications needed.
Communication abilities and other soft skills are also paramount for today’s Data Scientist, who will be expected to deduct and communicate data results to senior management in a cohesive manner, exploring risks, trends and opportunities that the business should monitor or act on. Data scientists are often expected to describe their analysis in writing or present their findings directly to business teams.
Data Scientist salary in Singapore
According to the Robert Half Salary Guide, a Data Scientist salary in Singapore can range between S$90,000 and S$200,000 depending on the role, your qualifications, and your level of experience.