European Data Science Salary Report 2020 Key Insights

European Data Science Salary Report


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We’ve most certainly learnt a thing or two about what makes a thorough and informative salary report since conducting our first salary survey in 2017. Our European Salary Report for 2020 has seen a response of more than one thousand participants which has enabled us to provide a truly data rich and comprehensive insight on what the Data Science market currently looks like.

The top countries to provide responses to our survey during 2019 came from Germany, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands and The UK. Much like our 2019 survey, many respondents were Data Scientists, but we’ve also collected results from Data Engineers, Researchers, Machine Learning Engineers and C-Level professionals. This report covers a broad scope of professions in the European data science market at all levels.


Are Tech-Startups The Preferred Environment?

Across all industries in Europe, 68% of people do not currently work in start-ups. Despite this, the data science market remains open-minded, with 83% saying they would consider joining one in the future.

The respondents that currently work in start-up industries are primarily working in Technology/IT and Consulting sectors (37%). Respondents from these two industries are also respectively the majority that would consider working for a start-up in the future (38%).


The Top 10 Data Science Industries

The top 10 industries this year remain barely unchanged. Insurance has made its way onto the map this year, with people working in energy failing to make an appearance in the top 10 for 2020.

Academia has moved up the ranks from 6th to 5th most popular industry to work for, with the top 4 spots remaining Technology/IT, Consulting, E-Commerce and FinTech.

Top 10 Data Science Industries

European Top 10 Data Science Industries 2020


The Most Popular Coding Languages

A huge 70% of respondents say they use Python as their primary modelling coding language. This is a 10% increase on our 2019 survey. 9% use R, 4% use SQL, and 4% use Java. There were also 3% of respondents that said they don’t code.

66% of respondents said their primary production coding language is also Python. A further 9% said Java, as well as 7% either using Scala or not coding at all. 6% use C++

There were also 2% of use cases for C++ in modelling and 2% in Matlab. 0% of respondents from our 2019 survey used Go as their primary production coding language. This year 1% of participants use Go.

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