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Good job prospects for data protection experts: they are currently in greater demand on the labour market than ever before. For example, six out of ten companies (61 percent) in Germany report that recruiting data protection experts is very difficult. A similar number of companies (57 percent) say: The market for data protection personnel is almost empty. This is the result of a representative survey of more than 500 companies commissioned by the Bitkom digital association.

Companies complain about lack of data protection experts

Good job prospects for data protection experts: they are currently in greater demand on the labour market than ever before. For example, six out of ten companies (61 percent) in Germany report that recruiting data protection experts is very difficult. A similar number of companies (57 percent) say: The market for data protection personnel is almost empty. This is the result of a representative survey of more than 500 companies commissioned by Bitkom.

"The implementation of the basic data protection regulation has rapidly increased the need for qualified personnel," says Susanne Dehmel, member of Bitkom's management board. The new rules would keep companies busy for months to come and would create additional long-term costs. "With the forthcoming e-privacy regulation, companies are still facing the next regulatory data protection challenge."

Many companies are tackling the shortage of skilled workers by investing large sums in the training and further education of their data protection personnel. Almost half (44 percent) state this. By contrast, almost all companies are satisfied with their own employees in the area of data protection. Nine out of ten (88 percent) agree with the statement that their employees have the necessary skills and knowledge to always comply with applicable law.

Dehmel: "Companies are facing a major challenge. They must implement the new data protection rules in the best possible way, but at present find hardly any suitable personnel or qualified consultants". This is worrisome, because high fines threatened with violations of applicable data protection law.

Since 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been fully valid. The GDPR provides for extended information obligations and stricter requirements for consent for the processing of personal data. Accordingly, companies must adapt their data protection declarations and the declarations of consent. In addition, there are new reporting obligations in the event of data leaks and new portability regulations. Under the heading "Privacy by Design", data protection must be taken into account when developing new products and services.

Methodological note: The data are based on a survey conducted by Bitkom Research on behalf of Bitkom. In the process, 505 persons responsible for data protection (data protection officers, managing directors, IT managers) from companies in all industries with 20 or more employees in Germany were interviewed by telephone. The survey is representative.

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