Advancing retail digital transformation, one job at a time

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The UK’s platform for data and analytics jobs, OnlyDataJobs, is now live. There are already over 13,700 jobs available on the site from a range of UK employers, including a number of positions across the retail sector.

As the UK’s largest private sector, retail businesses looking to ramp up their digitalisation efforts can use the platform to connect with a range of data experts.

The retail industry is experiencing a data skills gap, as businesses aim to adopt a digital-first approach to satisfy consumer appetite for e-commerce. The decreasing popularity of retail stores isn’t anything new, but the events of the past two years have certainly accelerated the decline. A 2020 study by Capgemini Research Institute revealed that 59 per cent of consumers said they had high levels of interaction with physical stores before COVID-19, but just 24 per cent identified the same post-pandemic. And it’s a trend that’s set to continue.

As customers expect digital-first interactions when shopping, retail organisations are in need of the data experts that can meet such expectations. OnlyDataJobs acts as a single platform that hosts virtually every data job a business may require, for a variety of industries. Currently, the platform hosts almost 500 retail jobs for companies including Boots, Very and Dunelm. 

Not only does OnlyDataJobs offer a wide variety of roles, it also has several unique features that make it even easier for candidates to find their ideal role. Because the platform is dedicated to data and analytics, job seekers can search for their next role by technology or programming language, such as Python, SQL, Azure or Java. In fact, there are over 70 different technologies or programmes that the user can filter by. Employers and candidates can both search for jobs or future employees based on second language skills, and there’s an entire section dedicated to remote work, which is a growing requirement in this sector.  

Unlike traditional recruitment sites, jobs posted on OnlyDataJobs link directly to the careers page that it was originally listed on. This means that a user’s application goes straight to the potential employer, rather than via a recruitment consultant or third party. 

OnlyDataJobs was co-founded by one of the most experienced recruitment specialists in the country — John Salt, former executive at leading job sites, TotalJobs and CV-Library. Alongside him are co-founders Ryan Jones, who previously founded a data science recruitment firm, and Jonathan Hedger, a marketing specialist for TotalJobs and JobToday. 

“Research suggests that two thirds of companies are talking about data more than they did five years ago,” explained Salt. “Data analytics is the digital skill most in demand globally and it’s in the list of the top three skills that recruiters in tech-driven companies are looking for. 

“Digital skills are required in all areas of retail. Experts are required to analyse data to help improve customer experience, to re-vamp in-store design and to create products that beat the competition. As one of the UK’s largest and fastest-changing industries, it’s vital we help connect retail businesses with the experts that can take their digital transformation to the next level.”

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