Britain plans hiring spree to harness big data in pandemic recovery

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is planning to train hundreds of data scientists as part of a new strategy to drive an economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic through smarter use of data and technology in policy-making.

The National Data Strategy project reflects calls from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser Dominic Cummings for an overhaul of the way the government makes decisions, and an appeal earlier this year for “weirdos and misfits” to shake up official thinking.

The government promises to train up 500 data scientists by 2021, announced new fellowships to work inside the prime minister’s office, and proposed new ways of working with data, including sharing information with the private sector.

“The new strategy will put data at the heart of the country’s recovery from the pandemic so companies and organisations can use it to drive digital transformation, innovate and boost growth across the economy,” the government said

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Hiring picks up in these industries as coronavirus layoffs ease and states reopen

Even with COVID-19-related layoffs at historically bleak levels, another trend is quietly taking root: Businesses are starting to hire again.

All 50 states have begun allowing nonessential businesses to reopen in phases, prompting restaurants, shops, hair salons and others to rehire at least some of the employees they laid off or furloughed to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Many small businesses have received federal loans that are forgivable as long as they retain or rehire staffers.

Yet job postings in those and other industries are also picking up, underscoring that firms are seeking to tap a broader pool of workers, including the roughly 30 million Americans who are unemployed. Meanwhile, hiring in fields that have benefited from the pandemic is surging.

The economy unexpectedly added 2.5 million jobs in May as employers rehired laid-off workers, the Labor Department reported Friday. Eight million payroll losses were expected. Although 9.3 million

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Phoenix industry spotlight: Tech hiring going strong

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Phoenix’s tech industry is experiencing strong job growth. Local employers posted 246 new jobs over the past week and 1,598 in the last month, ranking second among local industries, according to ZipRecruiter, a leading online employment marketplace.

The tech industry also came in third in terms of local employers adding new jobs. In the past month, 337 companies listed open jobs for Phoenix-based workers in that area.

Top companies hiring locally in information technology include Sysmind LLC, GTN Technical Staffing and ABCS, Inc. According to a recent job opening posted by GTN Technical Staffing, “GTN provides scalable technical staffing solutions encompassing SOW, staff augmentation and direct hire placement for Fortune 2000 companies, with niche service offerings in cyber security, digital, payroll management and professional services.”

Jobs posted by Sysmind LLC in the past month in Phoenix included software engineers, managers and data scientists, while GTN

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