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Wales opens up councils’ workforce data


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Welsh Government has made information on the country’s local authority workforce available in open format on the Infobase Cymru website.

It has carried out the exercise with the Workforce Partnership Council of the National Assembly, the Welsh Local Government Association and Data Cymru, the data unit for Welsh public services.

A digital and data blog of the Welsh Government says the move has been to improve workforce planning in the public sector, and has pulled together data held on different systems.

“With individual public bodies publishing their own data it recognises their responsibility as the employers whilst eliminating the need to develop a new central data collection,” it says.

The data is available on Infobase Cymru for download in Excel, CSV, XML and JSON formats and can be viewed as a table or on a map. It has also been published on StatsWales.

Expansion plan

The blog says there are plans to expand the range of information available.

“We’re already working with the NHS and other devolved public authorities to develop similar approaches for their organisations, and we hope we can show progress on both the range and scope of information available by the end of the year,” it says.

“A particular priority in terms of coverage of the data is to openly publish Public Sector Equality Duty data, including data on gender pay differences.”

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