The growth of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector is evident from the growing number of job roles in the industry.
According to statistics from the job search engine Indeed, the start of this year had double the AI jobs advertised on its site than Canada experienced.
Even for America, a country that will be at the forefront of the push to AI, the UK jobs advertised for the sector in the UK was in excess of 20% higher.
For every one million UK jobs advertised on Indeed’s website, 1,300 of them were for AI-related roles, which highlights the growing popularity of the sector, and the need to fill these roles.
The government has made it clear that AI will play a huge role in the economy in future years; a tech sector deal worth £1 billion has been announced that is backed by a number of private sector organisations who will contribute approximately £300 million in funding.
Research from others has also revealed that AI has the potential to significantly increase the GDP of the UK in the coming years.
The growth in jobs in the sector over the last few years suggests that the importance of AI has already increased; according to Indeed, since 2015, the number of AI jobs has trebled.
Because of the need for people who are data scientists, machine learning engineers, and specialists who play a key role in teaching machines to use and interpret data, the AI sector is growing at a record rate.
However, despite the demand for these roles and the financial rewards on offer, there is still an issue in finding talent.
Although the number of people seeking AI jobs since 2015 has doubled, this still doesn’t keep up with demand for roles; data suggests the ratio of jobs to interested candidates is six to one.
It highlights a need for those organisations who can help to plug this gap.