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Recruitment Agencies Are Key for Financial Organisations’ Survival Amid Talent Shortage

Dufrain, the data consultancy, has released new research from its State of Data report. It exposes a significant talent shortage in the data and analytics sector that could result in substantial losses for firms worldwide. Sixty per cent of data and analytics leaders said the biggest challenge to their business was recruiting individuals with the necessary skills and talents.

The State of Data and Analytics 2023 report surveyed senior data leaders in the UK and US across banking, retail, insurance, manufacturing, healthcare and FMCG. The report sends a clear signal that attracting and retaining top talent will pose a significant challenge to growth and development in multiple industries over the next 12 months.

At the same time, over three quarters (79 per cent) of respondents believed competition from other organisations is the biggest challenge to attracting and retaining talent. This makes it even more difficult for firms to source the right people for the job at hand. If firms lack the talent to maximise data, then it is likely unavoidable financial losses will occur.

“We are on the precipice of a major talent shortage and something must be done.” – George

Recruitment difficulties amidst the labour shortage are leaving many firms struggling to find the right tech talent to handle crucial daily activities. For example, managing data governance and de-siloing data and assisting with cloud migrations. If these gaps are left unaddressed, the tech talent shortage is projected to reach 4.3 million workers. Furthermore, it could cost the industry over $449.7billion globally by 2030.

Avoiding a talent shortage 

Joseph George, CEO at Dufrain, comments: “Our industry depends on the successful recruitment and retention of world-beating talent. Yet so many leaders are struggling to attract the right people to deliver upon growth targets and innovation initiatives. We are on the precipice of a major talent shortage and something must be done.

“That said, recruiting new talent in a highly competitive field can be a challenge for firms. Attracting the right level of expertise is about more than salary. Company culture, employee benefits, and a unified sense of purpose also matter.

“In the interim, before making that crucial hire, firms should reach out to external advice from recruitment agencies that specialise in this or specialist data consultancies that can really share their learnings and experience to drive the best outcome. An outsider’s perspective combined with decades of sector-specific knowledge can help steer the way while the recruitment process takes its course.”


  • Francis is a journalist and our lead LatAm correspondent, with a BA in Classical Civilization, he has a specialist interest in North and South America.

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