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Help us shape new data skills programme for the region’s workforce

As part of our development process for the Data Skills for Work programme, The Data Lab would like to hear from employers in the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region to establish the demand for data skills, how this is currently being met, identify any skills gaps, and how upskilling and/or retraining can be used to respond to the threat of jobs being replaced by technology. We are working with research consultants EKOS to undertake this study.

The adoption of big data, automation and artificial intelligence is changing the way we live and work. Some jobs will be replaced by technology, others will be transformed, and new kinds of work will also emerge. COVID-19 is accelerating digital transformation across many industries.

There is therefore a need for employers across all sectors to think about how they can adapt to this change, making the most of the emerging opportunities – like improved productivity – and taking appropriate action to mitigate negative effects, like redundancies.

Your input will be crucial in shaping a new skills programme for the City Region and ensuring that it is tailored to the needs of employers.


Take part

There are two ways to take part – please see below. Any contact details will solely be for the purpose of this research and will not be used for any other purpose without seeking further consent. Survey responses will be anonymised and reported in aggregate form.

Video interview

Submit your details and our research team will be in touch to arrange a time for a 30 minute interview at your convenience.

Online survey

Complete our online survey in your own time, it takes around 15 minutes.


Employer engagement criteria  

We would like to hear from managers, HR managers and staff with strategic and operational responsibility in businesses that fit the following criteria:

We would like to hear from managers, HR managers and staff with strategic and operational responsibility in businesses that are operating in Edinburgh, Lothian, Scottish Borders, or Fife, including organisations headquartered elsewhere but with workforce in the region


About the Data Skills for Work Programme

The Data Skills for Work programme is led by The Data Lab, Scotland’s Innovation Centre for Data and AI. The programme is part of the wider Data Driven Innovation (DDI) Skills Gateway, which is led by the University of Edinburgh and funded (via the Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region Deal) by the Scottish Government.

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