The 5 Most Important Skills You Need To Get a Data Job in 2021

Adam Shafi
10 min readJan 28, 2021

A data-driven approach to understanding technical skills in the UK market.

Photo by Lukas Blazek on Unsplash


This article uses a web scraped dataset to analyse text and find the most common skills in data-related jobs. I’m focusing on technical/hard skills for this article and will tackle soft skills later on.

For each of the 5 most common skills, I’m going to cover:

  • What is it?
  • What the Data Says
  • My Opinion
  • Salary
  • Learning

Basic Statistics

The dataset consists of 3,015 job titles including salaries.

The mean salary is £49,543.

The median salary is £44,000.

These seem quite high and we’ll discuss why later on.

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