Fighting the Data Deluge: Findings from our Global Industry Skills Study

By Arundati Dandapani

On April 28, 2023, at our Virtual Insights Career Fair, I kicked off the morning with a short presentation that discussed the top skills for success in the data, analytics and insights industry based on the results of the Annual Global Industry Skills Study. This annual global study has been a two-phased study of a quantitative survey followed by qualitative discussions with industry leaders that are also hiring managers/ business leaders. I was grateful for the support and momentum with this initiative culminating in a virtual insights career fair, and I am looking to growing this study for the coming years with capable partners and supporters like you!

A summary of key findings is published in a blog post for MRII “A Snapshot of Skills in Data and Insights,” and a video-report of the study’s results is presented below.

Please also find excerpted below five video interviews from the twenty-five conducted with insight-driven global industry leaders who shared their views on skills gaps and opportunities for’s 2023 Global Industry Skills Study. These interviews are a strong complement to better understanding the study’s findings and outlook on skills and talent needs in data and insights globally,

Interview Highlights with Dr. Parves Khan, CEO and Director General, ESOMAR
Interview Highlights with Vignesh Krishnan, Founder and CEO, Research Defender
Interview Highlights with Amanda Chen, CAIP, CSPO, CX Insights Manager, TD Bank
Interview Highlights with Norm Baillie-David, Partner, Entegrite Consulting and Professor at Algonquin College
Interview Highlights with Vin DeRobertis, Americas CEO of Savanta

To partner on future waves of’s Global Industry Skills Study, please e-mail

Thank you as well to our supporters, sponsors and partners for the 2023 skills study: Universit√© de Sherbrooke, Algonquin College, Bishop’s University, Carleton University, Humber College, Saskathchewan Polytechnic, George Brown College, ESOMAR, WAPOR, AAPOR, Insights Association and IACC, Insights Career Network (ICN), Fuse Insights (Nick Drew for being among the earliest supporters and sponsors), J.P. Morgan (Michael Rosenberg for the insightful discussions), Jenny Drasko (for thoughtfully critiquing the questionnaire), Nasir Khan, Aman Khaled and Dr. Derrick Gray (for growing our responses from South Asia), MRA Lagos (Seyi Adoeye for readily promoting it in Africa), QuestionPro (Vivek Bhaskaran for the survey software) and all those individuals and organizations who supported our culminating career fair including our exceptional former interns Fathima Zikker, Bao Nhi Phan, Smita Dhure and Nicholas James. More region-wise overviews and interviews will be made available to custom audiences.

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