Analytics professionals in India obtain a 250% hike in their salaries from entry-level analysts to manager; the average entry-level salaries have increased by 27% since 2013, from R5.2 lakh to R6.6 lakh per annum, according to the Annual Analytics Salary Report 2014, shared by Jigsaw Academy, the online school of analytics. The report states that Bangalore and Delhi NCR continue to be hubs for analytics companies, while Mumbai offers highest salaries. Analytics salaries in Hyderabad and Pune are 20% lower in comparison to larger metro cities. The average analytics salary in India is R11.1 lakh. In addition, the type of company worked for, the city lived in and the analytic tools worked on can impact remuneration. Commenting on the findings, Gaurav Vohra, CEO, Jigsaw Academy, The Data Analytics and Big Data buzz has far from died down. The demand for trained analytics and Big Data professionals is increasing. Many say Big Data is just hype, but the fact is that companies are investing big time in Big Data initiatives and are willing to pay big bucks for the right talent. The predictions for the analytics industry in 2014 are that there will be a greater demand for analytics training; web and text analytics will be on the rise; cloud-based analytics tools will become mainstream; and analytics salaries will continue on their upward trajectory.
Now, quicker detection of carcinogenic food fungus
One of the food industrys major challenges, detecting highly carcinogenic toxins that occur naturally in our most common crops, could be solved by research that exploits aflatoxins fluorescent properties. Aflatoxins are present in a wide range of foodstuffs, especially cereals, grains and nuts and are known to be highly carcinogenic. As they are naturally occurring, there is no way to eliminate them from the food chain. Instead, suppliers and producers of food stuffs that are vulnerable to aflatoxins focus on detecting them quickly. Dr Stephen Euston at Heriot-Watt University is leading a project to test the feasibility of a new device, designed by Edinburgh Biosciences, that detects aflatoxins quickly and accurately than current methods. The focus is on making the device easy to use, with simple and instant results that dont require a chemistry degree to be able to understand them. This will remove the need for expensive lab technicians to spend days analysing samples, potentially hundreds of miles away. The research partnership between Dr Stephen Euston at Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Biosciences received funding from the Technology Strategy Board. The team expects to have a prototype instrument by June 2014.