Home office reports 24% rise in permanent IT staffers during Covid-19 outbreak

The Home Office has boosted its permanant IT staff headcount to support public services through 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to newly released data

by Patrick Sullivan, Political Editor on 22 February 2021 07:31

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The Home Office has seen a 24 per cent rise in permanent IT staff between 2019 and 2020 during the Covid-19 outbreak, according to official figures. The data was obtained via the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act by the Parliament Street think tank provides an insight into how major government departments have boosted in-house IT talent to continue providing public services despite the disruption caused by the pandemic.

In 2019, a total 1,225 members of staff held permanent IT roles, this figure rose by 24 per cent to 1,523 in 2020 with an extra 298 employees onboarded to the Home Office Digital, Data and Technology team. Interestingly, temporary staff headcounts dropped from 197 in 2019 to 134 in 2020.

The most popular fulltime IT roles within the department last year were in strategic tech disciplines, with 97 Technology Project Managers, 92 Infrastructure Engineers and 80 Service Managers in post. The department also had 25 fulltime employees working as Data Scientists, with an additional 15 working in Data Engineering roles. A further 36 jobs were in DevOps, 78 operations analysts and 72 business analysts.

Sridhar Iyengar, MD, Zoho Europe told The Commentator: “It’s encouraging to see organisations like the Home Office boosting in-house IT skills, particularly at a time when technology is playing such a crucial role in delivering vital services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He added, "With millions of people now working from home, having access to the latest technology to manage tasks, collaborate and deliver work remotely is a top priority for all organisations. Digital skills are set to play a critical role in the economic recovery, so having a talented team that can recruit, train and support the next generation is also an important step forward.”

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