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As the use of data in business gets more and more prevalent the ability to quickly and effectively produce data algorithms that can analyse large complex datasets is crucial. In order to do this, the right data infrastructure needs to be in place.

Why consider a career in Big Data?
Data Engineers build databases, data warehouses and data lakes to service the needs of the Data Analysts and Data Scientists in their businesses. This area is fast growing and Data Engineers are in massive demand as so many companies race to unlock the value in their data.
Typical role titles include
Data Engineer
Big Data Engineer
Data Developer
BI Engineer
BI Developer
Business Intelligence Developer
Business Intelligence Engineer
Big Data Developer
Hadoop Developer
Data factory Developer
Hadoop Engineer
Data Availability Engineer
Data Science Engineer
Big Data Software Engineer
Platform Engineer
Data Warehouse Engineer
DWH Engineer
DWH Programmer
DWH Developer
Datawarehouse Developer
Datawarehouse Engineer
Datawarehouse Programmer
SQL Server Engineer
Data Infrastructure Engineer
Data Infrastructure Programmer
Data Infrastructure Developer
Data Analytics Engineer
Big Data Architect
Hadoop Architect
Hadoop Specialist
Big Data Specialist
Big Data Lead
Head of Big Data
Data Architecture specialist
Head of Data Architecture
Career progression example
Junior Data Engineer
Data Engineer
Senior Data Engineer
Lead Data Engineer
Head of Data Engineering
Data Architect
Salary Benchmarks
At an entry level, junior/graduate Data Engineering professionals on average will be earning between £30k-£35k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £50k-£60k and seniors would be looking to earn £70k+.
Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
The skills needed can be split into 3 categories; programming skills, data science understanding and problem-solving.
Programming skills: Java | Python | Golang | Cython | Software Design - A background in APIs e.g. web APIs and static/dynamic libraries | ML Libraries - e.g. TensorFlow, CNTK, MLib, Spark, Kafka, Kinesis, Redshift.
 What qualifications does it take?
A BSc, Masters (MSc) or Doctorate (PhD) in a maths, physics, statistics, artificial intelligence (AI), software engineering, engineering or computer science field with technical skills in programming. Demonstrable experience working with large data sets or alternatively candidates will work in Business Intelligence and then do online courses /self-learning/ get trained up on Big Data Engineering and Architecture and can move into these roles through this route.


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  • 22nd Jul

    Data Architect

    — Retail Bank

    £600 - £700 per day
    6 month contract.  Physical and logical data modelling. Fully remote for duration of contract. Working with a retail bank who need further data architecture & modelling resource for ongoing business critical projects. What you’ll be doing  You will be supporting the Data Project team with business critical projects. The work will involve working on their new business data model and will be a combination of physical and logical data modelling, looking at data dictionaries, data lineage around risk & regulatory reporting data. The data tech stack is SQL Server on prem and some AWS instances. What experience you’ll need to apply - Data Architecture experience. - Banking experience. - Extensive SQL Server experience. - Physical and logical data modelling experience. - Solid experience of data lineage and data dictionaries. - Strong stakeholder management and communication skills. - Excellent understanding of business use cases for analytics and how to provide the data. - Excellent stakeholder management and influencing skills. What you’ll get in return for your experience   A competitive day rate of £600 - £700 per day dependent on experience What’s next? Please get in touch with Alex with an up to date CV today. Don’t hesitate to call / email to discuss the finer details.
  • 14th Jul

    AWS Data Engineer

    — Real Estate Business

    £550 - £650 per day
    Solve a key problem for the client. Work with AWS & PostgreSQL. 3 month initial contract outside of IR35. My client is looking for 2 AWS Data Engineers with solid experience working with post code / address / Google Maps data as well as having PostgreSQL experience. What you'll be doing You will be assisting with design, development and implementation of a searchable database which will consolidate current data storage options, take data from APIs, 3rd parties and internal data and be very user friendly.  What experience you'll need Strong experience with AWS tools Experience of working with post code data Strong ETL experience Any experience with Google Maps APIs an advantage Dimensional modelling experience Good communication and team working skills What you'll get in return for your experience A competitive day rate of £550 - £650 dependent on experience  What's next? Please get in touch with Alex with an up to date CV today. Don't hesitate to email/call to discuss the job in further detail.

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Candidate Experience

Alistair Rogers, Data Scientist

  • Alistair is an experienced Data Scientist with working with clients across government, healthcare and banking sectors.
  • While successfully working in London as a Data Scientist for one of the Big Four professional service companies, he was planning to move to Bristol and approached us to get an understanding of the local market, especially opportunities and skills in demand within Data in the South West well ahead of the move.
  • We advised on opportunities and businesses in and around Bristol as well as in-demand skill sets so he could gather relevant exposure in advance.
  • Once ready to make the move, we were able to match Alistair perfectly with an open opportunity. Equipping him with tips and advice, we guided him through the interview process and negotiated the salary that was in line with his expectations. Alistair started as a Data Scientist with OnCorps, a start-up FinTech firm. 

"Alex and ADLIB were fantastic to work with and absolutely made the daunting experience of finding a job in a new city a lot easier! They take the time to understand the fields that they are recruiting for and even go to developer meetups to learn more about the areas that they recruit in. Would definitely recommend working with Alex and ADLIB."  

Alistair Rogers, Data Scientist


Establishing a Data Science function

  • LV= are one of the UK’s largest personal insurers who announced earlier this year that they were partnering with the University of Bristol to establish a team of Data Scientists and Engineers with the aim of making advancements in the field of Data Science by sharing knowledge, skills and opportunities. 
  • We initially worked with Venura as a candidate, finding him the role at LV=. He soon needed another two sets of hands, planning on growing his team to 3.
  • To help him with this, we worked with him to truly understand his style of working and management, gathering a detailed brief that outlined the ideal candidates. 
  • By tapping into existing candidate pools and relationships, we were able to suggest a range of suitable candidates with a wide range of experience and that had the vital mix of  technical and soft skills needed, to be working alongside University of Bristol as a team.
  • This resulted in Venura/ LV= making two great Data Engineer hires.

“From finding me my current role to helping place two fantastic hires, ADLIB has been a pivotal role in the development of our team here at Bristol. The guys are easy to work with, friendly and most importantly inspire trust. I look forward to working with them in the future.”

Dr. Venura Perera, Data Science Manager at LV=


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