Two-thirds of UK firms hiring for GDPR

Most UK firms are planning to hire extra staff to help them meet the requirements of the EU’s new data protection regulation

Two-thirds of UK firms are hiring permanent employees to help meet the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance deadline, a study shows.

A further 64% of CIOs will hire temporary or interim staff to ensure they have the highly-skilled talent in place to manage the change in data management and reporting.

Preparation for compliance with the GDPR is essentially a change management programme, Emma Butler, data protection officer (DPO) at digital identity firm Yoti told a seminar hosted by IT industry body TechUK in June 2017.

Analytics, regulatory knowledge and project management are the skills most in demand, according to the study developed by recruitment firm Robert Half UK.

The study, which polled 400 directors of UK companies, was conducted by an independent research firm.

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