Government seeks professional to ensure UK telecoms law is primed for Brexit

Written by Sam Trendall on 2 January 2018 in News

Candidate will also be tasked with leading review of how legislation could be modernised following EU withdrawal

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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is looking to recruit someone to ensure the UK has telecoms law that is fit for purpose after the country completes its exit from the European Union.

The department is advertising a post as head of telecoms EU exit policy and legislation. The London-based role offers a salary of up to £66,665, and the responsibility of leading a team of six people. The post will come with an initial one-year contract, which may be extended.

The successful candidate and their team will be tasked with porting into UK law the European Electronic Communications Code, a proposed piece of EU legislation designed to increase competition in the telecoms sector and ensure citizens derive maximum benefit from the rollout of next-generation communications networks.

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They will also be expected to examine and correct any incumbent UK telecoms laws derived from EU legislation, and ensure that any such corrections are pushed through parliament. The role will also require the appointee to head up a review of UK telecoms legislation to determine how they “could be modernised post-EU exit”.

“The successful candidate will work closely with policy teams, lawyers, and other government departments, such as DExEU, as well as the telecoms regulator Ofcom,” DCMS said. “[They] will also meet industry and consumer stakeholders in order to get their input into the shaping of our laws – in some instances [they] may need to run an official consultation.”

Applications are open until 7 January. Interviews are scheduled to take place during the week commencing 22 January.


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