The Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), the government body responsible for building the digital economy, sport and culture in the UK, has, according to official figures, invested over £ 20 million in roles as a data researcher and data analyst. .
The data, retrieved through the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) and analyzed by the Parliament Street think tank, revealed the number of employees in data researcher or data analyst roe, as well as their estimated total expenses for these roles, each year for the past five years.
In total, DCMS has spent an estimated £ 20,606,100 on roles as a data researcher and data analyst during the reporting period.
The number of full-time employees increased markedly and increased from 70 in 2017 to 150 in 2021, up from 90 in 2020 with a big push in the data staff.
Data expert Niall Crosby, CEO of AG Grid, said: “Today’s digital world creates a lot of data, and the ability to process, understand and make decisions based on this data is very important. Investing in data analysis will set the Department of Culture, Media and Sport able to function more efficiently. I am pleased to see the investment the government is making in this area. “
The largest investment came in 2021 with an estimated total consumption of £ 7,383,000, an increase of 75 per cent compared to 2020 where £ 4,213,800 was spent. Over the five years, annual investment increased by 140 per cent, up from £ 3,081,400 in 2017.
DCMS listed economists, statisticians, operations scientists, and social scientists as the roles contained in data scientist and data analyst.