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Majority of UK Firms Hiring for GDPR

Majority of UK Firms Hiring for GDPR

Two thirds of UK firms are planning to hire extra staff to help them meet the EU’s new general data protection regulation (GDPR).

According to the study, 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.

The study by recruitment firm Robert Half UK polled 400 directors of UK companies and revealed that the GDPR was likely to require the appointment of at least 75,000 DPOs worldwide ahead of the compliance deadline.

The study found that with the deadline for compliance looming, businesses recognise that a combination of soft and technical skills is key for long-term implementation of the regulation.

It also found that SMEs are more likely to hire project managers to help with compliance, while larger organisations are placing a greater focus on recruiting data protection officers.

Data protection officer at digital identity firm Yoti, Emma Butler, said “preparation for compliance with the GDPR is essentially a change management programme”.

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