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Scratching beneath the surface of data headlines

 A press release landed on my desk on Tuesday with a bold claim. UK database analysts are earning less than half the salary of their peers across the pond.

Research from Redgate Software proclaimed that the average salary for a UK database administrator is $44,483, 47% of the average wage in the US of $94,176.

I thought, "that could be true. Everything is bigger is the States."

Graph of salary by country

The draft graph of a have-a-go data pro

Last month, we published my article about how a newly-qualified data scientist views his prospects (Incoming data talent: A student perspective). It received some feedback on Twitter. As well as hearing about the curriculum, one reader said it would also be beneficial to know about the cost to do a data science Masters course and where a prospective student could obtain funding.

The obstacles of securing a data job

There are some quirks of the hiring process that infuriate all job-seekers, regardless of the industry they aspire to work in. What about those looking to work in a data- or analytics-based role? Toni Sekinah spoke to one successful data job hunter about the obstacles in the way of getting their dream job.

In transparency we trust

Are you a tech sceptic or a tech truster? Do you err on the side of caution when it comes to tech companies and their access to your data or do you reckon they will do right by you and not do anything dodgy with your data? Toni Sekinah thinks about trust and gets a perspective from an expert.

 

Peace (and data protection) be with you

Knowledge of GDPR has spread far and wide, so it really should not have been much of a suprise to Toni Sekinah that she was handed a privacy notice upon entering a place of worship. She took some time to reflect on whether awareness of and respect for the personal data of individuals is becoming more and more widespread.

Data journalist for a day

For an evening and a day in early Summer, I had the opportunity to be a data journalist. Usually I am a journalist who writes about data, so I jumped at the chance to spend a bit of time at the coal face and see exactly what is involved in a data hack.

Being put on notice about privacy

Up and down the country and probably across the entire continent of Europe, people’s email inboxes are filling up with requests to “review our updated privacy policy,” now that the deadline for GDPR-compliance is nearly upon us. Toni Sekinah laments the user-unfriendly nature of a particular privacy notice that she has recieved.

 

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