The proportion of pharmaceutical companies hiring for big data related positions dropped in April 2022 compared with the equivalent month last year, with 70.9% of the companies included in our analysis recruiting for at least one such position.

This latest figure was lower than the 75.1% of companies who were hiring for big data related jobs a year ago but an increase compared to the figure of 69.5% in March 2022.

When it came to the rate of all job openings that were linked to big data, related job postings rose in April 2022, with 15.6% of newly posted job advertisements being linked to the topic.

This latest figure was the highest monthly figure recorded in the past year and is an increase compared to the 11.1% of newly advertised jobs that were linked to big data in the equivalent month a year ago.

Big data is one of the topics that GlobalData , from whom our data for this article is taken, have identified as being a key disruptive force facing companies in the coming years. Companies that excel and invest in these areas now are thought to be better prepared for the future business landscape and better equipped to survive unforeseen challenges.

Our analysis of the data shows that pharmaceutical companies are currently hiring for big data jobs at a rate higher than the average for all companies within GlobalData's job analytics database. The average among all companies stood at 8.4% in April 2022.

GlobalData's job analytics database tracks the daily hiring patterns of thousands of companies across the world, drawing in jobs as they're posted and tagging them with additional layers of data on everything from the seniority of each position to whether a job is linked to wider industry trends.