Female Data Workers Underrate Their Data Skills

Female data workers underrate their data skills compared to men: only 28% of female respondents said they had the best skills in recent survey.

Women Rate Their Data Skills Lower than Male Colleagues


Alteryx, Inc. (NYSE: AYX), the analytics automation company with clients such as  Sainsbury’s, Gymshark  and Brookson, is highlighting new results that women rated their skills here lower than those of their male colleagues.  On a scale of 0-10, 81% of men and only 76% of women rank themselves between six and ten. And the gap is even wider when it comes to “perfect” data literacy (8-10): 42% of respondents who said they had the best skills were male and only 28% were female.


The results highlight the difference in perceived value of data skills. Where 71% of workers believe the pandemic has increased ‘the importance of having strong data skills to make informed business decisions.’   Additionally, the majority of  workers believe more training in data work would result in better (75%) and faster (69%) decisions.


Women Rate Skills More Accurately Than Men


It is possible that women rate their skills more accurately as the research highlights that  just  23%  of data workers — whom they call the Data Champions — are  delivering any actual  business value.  This is despite  Alteryx  finding that  three  quarters (73%) classify their data skills as above average.


Lack of Hiring Talent


Despite the clear link between data-driven insights and business agility, this lack of knowledge and skills inflation is stalling business transformation efforts. While the historic digital skills gap centred on a  lack of hireable talent, we now see a new phenomenon: a lack of talent in those available to hire. Hindering every organisation trying to  leverage  data-driven insights for a competitive edge this lack of analytic talent.


Basic Data Skills


When it came to basic data  handling  skills,  Alteryx  asked how confident  workers were in a range of basic data skills including identifying trustworthy data, cleaning data and sharing data securely.

The 23% of data champions  say their skills enable them to not only save money (75%), but also generate additional revenue (68%), and deliver business value (82%).

Alan Jacobson, Chief Data and Analytics Officer at  Alteryx, comments:

“Digital transformation has moved beyond boardroom discussions. It’s now mission critical for businesses to be able to assess, analyse, and adapt to constantly shifting requirements through data.

“Employees with strong data skills are a core requirement for developing business resiliency and the ability to pivot at speed.  Despite the inherent value of data-led decision making, there is a critical disconnect between what skills are reported and the reality. The majority of data workers appear unable to deliver on what is needed to drive this transformation forward.”