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British government to hire 30 deputy directors with data analysis expertise

The Cabinet Office is looking to hire 30 deputy directors with expertise in data analysis as part of a recruitment drive to support its response to the coronavirus crisis.

Earning between £70,000 and £117,000 a year, the new recruits will be posted to one of a number of ministries, including the departments of health, transport and business, among others.

The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate experience of using data to analyse complex problems and drive recommendations as well as to consider the impact of policies on “a vast range of customers from diverse backgrounds”, as well as “encouraging others to do the same”.

A job advert states that the recruiters are looking “for outstanding individuals to work as key members of departmental senior leadership teams, who will help set the strategic direction and develop new policy, deliver operational responses and bring high quality insight from a multitude of different data sources to inform strategy, policy and operations”.

In the candidate information pack (PDF), the government’s chief people officer Rupert McNeill says the positions provide an opportunity “to play a leading role in work that is vital for both the UK and international response to the pandemic”.

Candidates have until 16 June to complete the online application process.