Big data is an area which has seen rapid growth across a variety of industries in recent years – not least among clinical trial operations companies.

Figures show that the number of new big data roles being advertised for these companies has increased in recent months – with firms across the industry looking to expand their capabilities.

The number of newly advertised roles stood at 648 in Q1 2021. That’s up from 461 in Q4 2020 and up from from 399 in Q3 2020.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, who track the number of new job postings from key companies in various sectors over time. Using textual analysis, these job advertisments are then classified thematically.

GlobalData's thematic approach to sector activity seeks to group key company information by topic to see which companies are best placed to weather the disruptions coming to their industries.

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These key themes, which include big data, are chosen to cover "any issue that keeps a CEO awake at night".

By tracking them across job advertisements it allows us to see which companies are leading the way on specific issues and which are dragging their heels - and importantly where the market is expanding and contracting.

Where are companies hiring for big data careers in pharmaceuticals?

Looking across key clinical trial operations companies tracked by GlobalData, the US is currently seeing the largest number of big data job advertisisments. Last quarter the country saw 271 advertisements - up from 197 in Q4 2020 and 165 in Q3 2020.

On a city level, Bengaluru (India) had the most newly advertised big data roles in Q1 2021 with 38, followed by Warsaw, (Poland) with 36, and Bratislava, (Slovakia) with 21.

Where is seeing the most growth for big data roles in pharmaceuticals?

The biggest growth area has been in the US - which saw 222 job adverts for big data in Q4 2020, increasing to 271 in Q1 2021.

In terms of cities, firms are increasing big data hires in Thessaloniki - with six roles in the latest quarter - up from zero in the previous one.