Despite the rising proportion of experienced professionals, the median salaries have fallen this year, possibly because of the global recessionary sentiment. There was a significant drop in the proportion of job roles offered with annual salaries over Rs15 lakh ($20,471). The overall median salary is Rs9.5 lakh, and the report notes that the figures advertised are higher than actual salaries.

Bengaluru, India’s Silicon Valley, is leading the pack with the highest number of data scientist jobs on offer. But the number of jobs in smaller Indian towns has also seen an increase. This is largely because the Covid-19 pandemic forced companies to adopt work-from-home models, which allowed them to be location agnostic while recruiting talent.

Bengaluru’s lead is also explained by the fact that 67.8% of these data science job vacancies emerge out of multinational IT companies in India and the knowledge processes and services industry. But other industries, such as pharma and healthcare, have experienced an uptick compared to last year.

As for skills, the Python software program continues to rule the roost. Only a very minuscule percentage of jobs need expertise in programs like MATLAB and SPSS.

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