Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has invested more than £20m on Data Scientists

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), the government body responsible for building the digital economy, sport, and culture in the UK, has invested over £20 million on data scientists and data analyst roles, according to official figures.

The data, retrieved through the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) and analysed by the Parliament Street think tank, uncovered the number of staff in data scientist or data analyst roles, as well as their estimated total spending on these roles, each year for the past five years.

In total, the DCMS has spent an estimated £20,606,100 on data scientist and data analyst roles during the reporting period.

The number of full-time staff increased substantially, rising from 70 in 2017 to 150 in 2021, up from 90 in 2020 with a large data staff push.

The full Freedom of Information response is below:

Year Full time equivalent analysts Average salary Estimated cumulative salaries
2021 150 £49,220.00 £7,383,000.00
2020 90 £46,820.00 £4,213,800.00
2019 80 £45,955.00 £3,676,400.00
2018 50 £45,030.00 £2,251,500.00
2017 70 £44,020.00 £3,081,400.00


Data expert Niall Crosby, CEO of AG Grid, comments on the findings: “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 analytics will enable the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to operate more efficiently. I am delighted to see the investment the government is making in this area.”

The largest investment came in 2021, with an estimated total spend of £7,383,000, up 75 percent on 2020 which saw a spend of £4,213,800. Over the five years, annual investment increased by 140 percent, rising from £3,081,400 in 2017.

The DCMS listed economists, statisticians, operation researchers and social researchers as the roles contained within data scientist and data analyst staff.