Data pros in demand amid privacy debate
Sector watchers said that besides existing large enterprises in telecom, traditional industries such as FMCG and manufacturing, and new-age firms are looking for specialised professionals who can handle data and compliance.
“There's a 100% increase in demand for chief data officers,” said Aditya Narayan Mishra, director and chief executive officer at CIEL HR Services, which has been sourcing candidates from consulting firms and even boutique firms for meeting this rising requirement.
“While most MNCs definitely have them (CDOs), but now most Indian companies in sectors like retail, insurance, banking, and manufacturing to some extent, want people in this role," said Romal Shetty, presidentconsulting, Deloitte India.
While large enterprises have created the CDO position to manage their compliance and governance, digital startups have designed the role as a ‘cornerstone position in their leadership’.
This means that organisations expect the creme-de-la-crème in terms of candidates, and these top positions mandate a high value executive search which also delves into specialist profiles who may not necessarily be active job seekers. “While identifying ideal candidates is a challenge in itself, smoking them out to get them to consider an alternative engagement is an even more interesting task,” said Kamal Karanth, co-founder of Xpheno, a specialist staffing company.
Large enterprises want thorough-bred IT and data professionals who have skills around strategy, information technology, data science, analytics and engineering, besides relevant and niche experiences in managing business risk and large scale information security in telecom, media, BFSI, ecommerce and marketing.