My talk is the 2nd one, a little over half way through the video. Listen first to some real data scientists talking about their trade, then it’s my turn where I talk about just how many data scientists there are in the Philippines right now. Thanks to DataSeer for asking us to sponsor and for setting up the event. Looking forward to many more to come! 🙂
If you are in the Philippines and work with data everyday in your job, I’d like to invite you to take my survey.
Next week I will be speaking about data science in the Philippines, specifically trying to answer the question, “Just How Many Data Scientists Are There In The Philippines Anyway?”
It’s a short 7 question survey that will help me validate some of my research.
Here’s the link:
Thanks for taking a few minutes to help address on of the biggest questions facing the Philippines today.
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It’s really hard to get an accurate reading on just where is the market is right now in regards to the salaries for analytics talent in the Philippines.
According to Glassdoor here are some average salary range numbers for several in-demand positions:
- Business Analyst (with 5+ year’s experience): 30-40,000 PHP a month
- Data Analyst (1+ year’s experience ) 23-27,000 PHP a month
- Data Scientist (with Graduate level degree) 58-70,000 PHP a month
Those are just averages, in reality I think they are on the low end of what’s being offered right now.
One thing is for sure, the current demand far outweighs the supply.
Just looking at jobstreet.com you can get a feel for that demand.
- Business Analyst pulls back 1,090 jobs in the Philippines.
- Data Analyst another 822.
- Data Science brings back 999.
Sure there is some overlap, but if you add all the unique jobs up its well over 2,000.
I belong to a meet up group for data science in the Philippines with 2,000 members.
That’s an open job for each of us… and pretty much all of us already have data geek jobs already.
In the near term expect salaries to continue to shoot up.
As nationalism and automation begin to impact customer facing jobs, more back office work like analytics and data science will grow in importance for the BPO sector.
Recently I’ve been hearing stories of Filipinos landing 100K a month jobs in data science. And good analysts are not far behind, being awarded salaries well over 50K a month.
It’s a buyers market if you have data geek skills right now. If you don’t., the time to get them is right now.
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One Question I have been asking myself for awhile is just how many Filipino Data Scientists are there anyway?
I ask this question because based on my observations of job postings and job titles and industry buzz, there are way more data scientist jobs open here in the Philippines then there are actual data scientists to fill them.
And I’m not even trying to separate the “true” data scientists with the “quasi” data scientists that are doing data science but without all the pre-requisites required.
Lumping everyone together into one number, I wonder what it is. An educated guess would be a few hundred at best. Yet, there are literally 1000 job postings out there right now for data scientist.
This speaks to a fundamental lack of awareness across the country as to what truly a data scientist is and what they do. But that’s for another blogpost.
Right now Im simply going to do some research, survey my network and try and come up with a best guess on exactly how many data scientists there currently are here in the Philippines.
Please feel free to contribute to the conversation… its not going to be easy to get a universally acceptable answer without a lot of discourse first.
Let the hunt for a unicorn head count begin!
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