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How to recruit data analysts for the public sector by @ellis2013nz

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A management challenge Between 2011 and 2017 I selected somewhere between 20 and 30 staff and contractors, for New Zealand public sector roles with titles like Analyst, Senior Analyst and Principal Analyst. Alternative names for these roles could have been (and sometimes were) “researcher”, “data analyst”, “statistician”, “R developer”, “data scientist” and in one case “Shiny developer” – with or without “Senior” or “Principal” in front of the name. I must have been part of over 50 job interviews for such roles, and read some hundreds of technical exercises and perhaps more than 1,000 job applications. Perhaps it was only 500 applicants, counting people who applied more than once; but it was certainly lots. This was when my own positions had titles such as Manager Tourism Research and Evaluation, Manager Sector Trends, and General Manager – Evidence and Insights. This…
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