Pivigo, the data science hub, has today launched Europe’s first data science marketplace.
In October 2016, TechUK released a white paper which stated that the UK’s digital skills gap was costing the UK £2bn a year. Connecting data scientists and businesses, Pivigo’s data science marketplace is a platform based on the gig economy model; it allows businesses to outsource their data projects to a pool of talented professionals at anytime, anywhere, any place.
Companies will be able to post their requirements on the platform enabling data scientists to review the opportunities and then browse and apply to those projects they want to work on. Some will be short-term projects and others will be much longer, depending on businesses’ data needs and wants. The Pivigo team will also be able to allocate and help companies source the best talent for their data needs.
Since launching in 2013, Pivigo has worked with a multitude of clients, including KPMG, Barclays, M&S, and Royal Mail as well as start-ups like Network Locum. Working with these companies Pivigo has completed over 80 projects, some of which include price optimisation, predictive modelling, recommendation systems and data exploration.
Kim Nilsson, CEO and co-founder of Pivigo, says of today’s marketplace launch:
“Businesses who are first to realise the power of data science have a first mover advantage. They gain the ability to apply previous inaccessible insights to increase sales, improve efficiency and save money. Not many businesses however have access to a team of data science experts from around the world. The on-demand marketplace we have created is the solution for any business who wants to use data science to grow and improve their overall performance.”
A Nesta report, about how leading companies were recruiting and managing data talent, from 2014, highlighted a growing concern about a severe shortage of skilled talent. Co-founded in 2013 by CEO, Kim Nilsson, a former astronomer and academic, and COO Jason Muller, who had previously founded a group of healthcare recruitment firms, Pivigo’s core business has always been to support businesses to become more data driven and have access to the best and brightest talent. As part of this, the pair set up and run Europe’s largest data science training programme, S2DS, under the Pivigo data science umbrella.
Pivigo customer, Mike Bugembe, Chief Data Analyst at JustGiving, says:
“I am pleased to be involved with Pivigo and excited to be one of the first companies signed- up to use the marketplace for our data science project. Access to a hub like Pivigo’s marketplace is much needed in today’s workplace and it allows for flexibility when in-house resources may be limited. The new marketplace grants access to a world wide talent pool – creating options not previously available.”
Jeffrey Ng, Chief Scientist at Founders Factory, says:
“Having worked for many years within the machine learning and data science space, I am thrilled this platform now exists – allowing the data science community to get involved in exciting project work they would have struggled to find without Pivigo. The marketplace not only supports data scientists looking to freelance, but also gives those who are newer to the field a platform to gain valuable work experience before potentially taking a full time role. It is a very exciting time and the data science community is eager to get involved.”
The platform is now available for companies to post project requests and the data science community to connect.