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Is GDPR about to create a hiring boom?

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GDPR, the new EU data protection legislation that will transform how companies gather and store people’s personal information, could lead to a mini hiring boom.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect across the EU from May 2018, giving individuals more rights and introducing tough new rules and penalties for businesses.

Ministers have confirmed that GDPR standards will be applied in UK law, regardless of Brexit. This will happen through the Data Protection Bill, which was published earlier this month.

Why GDPR could be good news for contractors

While GDPR represents yet another significant compliance challenge for UK businesses, new research suggests that for certain types of contractors and freelancers it’s a big opportunity.

The study, conducted by an independent research firm, reveals that nearly two thirds (64%) of UK businesses will hire contract, interim or temporary staff to help them cope with the new legislation.

Organisations of all sizes are planning to bring in niche talent to manage the change in data management and reporting.

Analytics (44%), regulatory / compliance knowledge (39%) and project management (38%) are amongst the skills in high demand.

Softly, softly

Recruitment firm Robert Half UK, which developed the study, believes businesses are recognising that compliance with GDPR will require ‘soft’ as well as technical skills.

That’s because strategy (39%), communication skills (39%) are also high on company wish lists.

GDPR skills demand to reach ‘fever pitch’

Commenting on the findings, Phil Sheridan of Robert Half UK said:

As demand for candidates with the required technical and project management skills reaches fever pitch, business should seek out those with the transferable skills required to ensure compliance.

While GDPR-certified practitioners are in short supply, project managers and business analysts with experience in MiFID ll and SOX, among others, with have the requisite skills to support – particularly on an interim and project basis.

The study was based on more than 400 interviews with directors from companies across the UK.

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