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New data strategy will employ 500 data analysts across public sector

Digital Secretary, Oliver Dowden, today (Sept 9) announced a new National Data Strategy that will employ up to 500 data analysts across the public sector.

As part of the strategy, £2.6m is being invested to directly address barriers to data sharing and support innovation to avoid digital harms.

Data cited by the Government, shows that the fastest growing companies in the private sector are data driven businesses, it is hoped that the public sector can follow suit.

As well as this, the Government is committed to ten fellowships per year that will allow successful applicants to work directly with government use their skills to contribute to the kind of fulfilling challenging projects that only the public sector can offer.

Digital Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our new National Data Strategy will maintain the high watermark of data use set during the pandemic - freeing up businesses, government and organisations to innovate, experiment and drive a new era of growth.

“I am absolutely clear that data and data use are opportunities to be embraced, rather than a threat to be guarded against.”

 

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