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Data, analytics and research recruitment trends in 2023

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Planning to build out your data, analytics and research teams before the end of this year? I...

Planning to build out your data, analytics and research teams before the end of this year? It's important that hiring managers move quickly and confidently in order to secure top talent who will contribute to your end of year goals.

To support companies with their hiring efforts, our specialist recruiters have updated our 2023 How to Hire report with the recruitment trends we’ve seen so far. In this report, we lay out our predictions for recruiting data professionals in H2 and up to date salaries for permanent and contract jobs.


Data recruitment in 2023

As predicted, we have seen a different recruitment market in 2023 compared to 2022. Last year was extremely busy, with some going as far as to describe recruitment as aggressive. All data professionals – from Junior Data Analysts to Research Managers – were inundated with job opportunities as companies took advantage of this buoyant market.

While we continue to see data professionals in multiple interview processes at once, there are now more candidates actively searching for data jobs than there were last year. As a result, many employers might believe that it is easier to find top talent this year, however there are new challenges they must face:

  1. The cost-of-living crisis
  2. An increased number of applications
  3. Limited hiring resources
  4. Fast-approaching deadlines

If you, too, are facing these challenges, our How to Hire report can help you. We've recently updated the report with the hiring trends we’ve seen throughout 2023 so far and how you can overcome the challenges listed above.

We've also included a comprehensive salary guide for all permanent and contract data, analytics and research jobs.

How have salaries changed in 2023?

Previously our data revealed that there was an average increase of 20% in salaries between 2021 and 2022. Now, we’re seeing that salaries have stagnated at this new, higher level, with just a 2% average increase so far this year.

Due to the cost-of-living crisis, candidates are refusing to move for a lower salary. In fact, salary and compensation packages continue to be the most important factor when it comes to job searches in 2023.

As a result, we would highly recommend taking the time to research salaries before embarking on a new hiring process. Download our data, analytics and research salary guide to find out more!

Have you considered contract recruitment?

If you need to hire into your data teams to meet your end of year goals, time is quickly running out to do so. Although there are steps you can take to shorten your recruitment process, it’s also important to recognise that permanent hires need time to train and settle into their new role.

Contract Data Analysts, on the other hand, are accustomed to coming in and making an impact straight away. As they are used to working short fixed-term contracts (FTCs), contractors require very little training. We highly recommend considering hiring temporarily if you need to make impactful hires quickly. Find out more by checking out our contract recruitment guide.

Ready to start hiring for Data AnalystsGet in touch with 3Search!

3Search is the largest digital recruitment agency in London, with specialist recruitment consultants in a range of marketing skill sets. Tommaso Lucentini partners with a wide range of businesses to find top data analytics talent. If you’re ready to hire, get in touch with Tommaso at

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