In the series ‘Where Data Professionals Work’ we discuss the findings of the market research Broadwick conducts with concern to the labor market of data professionals in the Netherlands. We publish these findings as we believe these to be informative to data professionals and data-driven organizations alike. To this end, we primarily use public data provided by LinkedIn and its users. Although we try to be as accurate as possible, please do feel free to contact us at info@broadwick.nl if you are of the opinion that any findings are (partially) incorrect or if you would like to request more information.

Introduction

In the first part of ‘Where Data Professionals Work’ we provided you with an overview of the general labor market of data professionals. For this second edition, we exclusively focus on the organizations that employ the estimated 4,000 data engineers that are currently active in the Netherlands. Responsible for laying the foundations for both initial and ongoing data analysis and experimentation, data engineers fulfill an essential role in the overall analytics value chain. Based on the relatively smaller number of data engineers compared to data scientists and data analysts, they act to leverage the analytics value chain as a whole.

Findings

Firstly, Table 1 below ranks the top 10 organizations based on the absolute number of data engineers that they employ. Consistent with our findings in Part 1 of ‘Where Data Professionals Work’, these jointly employ an estimated 400 data engineers – or 10% of the total pool of available data engineers. In addition, the ‘Data Engineer Intensity’ displays the percentage of data engineers employed by organizations as compared to their total workforce. With an average Data Engineer Intensity of 0.3%, this attests to the important role that they play by leveraging their skill sets to benefit data-driven decision-making across their organizations.

Table 1 – Top 10 employers of data engineers in the Netherlands (absolute figures, excluding consultancy firms, all organizational sizes)

RankOrganizationData Engineer Intensity
1ING0.3%
2Rijksoverheid0.1%
3ABN AMRO0.3%
4Rabobank0.2%
5KPN0.3%
6ASML0.3%
7Aegon0.6%
8VodafoneZiggo0.5%
9De Volksbank0.6%
10Shell0.2%

We then redid the ranking process on the basis of the Data Engineer Intensity metric, the results of which are shown in Table 2. As all organizations in Table 1 are viewed as large (defined by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce as having 250 or more employees), we took this into account by tweaking the results to only include large-scaled organizations and ensure a fair comparison. In this case, the average Data Engineer Intensity came in 1.5%. Even after excluding HERE Technologies (which may be viewed as an outlier), the Data Engineer Intensity is still three times higher at 0.9%.

Table 2 – Top 10 employers of data engineers in the Netherlands (relative figures, excluding consultancy firms, 250+ employees)

RankOrganizationData Engineer Intensity
1HERE Technologies6.9%
2eBay1.8%
3Takeaway.com1%
4NN Investment Partners1%
5Adyen0.9%
6NIBC Bank0.8%
7APG0.8%
8Elsevier0.8%
9Wärtsilä0.7%
10Eurofiber0.7%

We also found that many data engineers have also opted for a career within the realm of consultancy to make their knowledge available to various clients. Hence, Table 3 below denotes the top 10 consultancy firms that employ the highest number of data engineers. Jointly, these 10 organizations employ over 200 data engineers – or over 5% of the total pool of data engineers that are employed in the Netherlands. Distinguishing between diversified and niche consultancy firms, Capgemini and Xomnia employ the most data engineers, respectively. In addition, the average Data Engineer Intensity of these firms comes in at over 9%.

Table 3 – Top 10 employers of data engineers in the Netherlands (absolute figures, consultancy firms only)

RankOrganizationData Engineer Intensity
1Capgemini0.5%
2Hot ITem14%
3Tata Consultancy Services1%
4Xomnia28%
5Cognizant1.2%
6LINKIT9%
7Atos0.4%
8Itility7%
9Sogeti0.6%
10GoDataDriven28%

Conclusion

As noted in Part 1, the labor market of data professionals in the Netherlands appears to be quite concentrated with relatively few organizations employing most of the data engineers. In this case, the 20 organizations of Table 1 and 3 jointly employ over 15% of all data engineers. Once again, we hope that this article helped data professionals and data-driven organizations alike to gain more clarity on the labor market of data engineers. In the third part of ‘Where Data Professionals Work’, we will take a look at the landscape of data scientists. Thanks for reading and until next time!

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