David Fry

Director, Office of Manpower Economics at Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT)

Director, Office of Manpower Economics, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

David was appointed as the Director of the Office of Manpower Economics (OME) in August 2020. The Director for OME is responsible for ensuring the effective provision of professional support to the Public Sector Pay Review Bodies and the Police Boards in England and Wales.

Previously, he was the Head of Profession for Statistics at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) where he led the Data Analytics and Business Statistics team, responsible for the management and analysis of a major social survey - the English Housing Survey. He has also supported policy development on troubled families, homelessness and local government finance at the Department for Communities and Local Government. Earlier in his career David helped implement the first National Minimum Wage and worked on public sector pay policy.

David has over 20 years of experience working as a government statistician across Whitehall, holding positions within the Office for National Statistics, HM Treasury and the (then) Department for Trade and Industry. In this time he has held a wide variety of roles, including leading on the public sector mapping agreement, briefing on the labour market, contributing to thinking on the national minimum wage, publishing a book of statistics on children and examining the pay of MPs.

As Head of Profession for Statistics, David was responsible for leading and developing the analytical capacity of over 50 statisticians in DCLG. He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

David is particularly interested in the dissemination and use of statistics, and his team led the development of Open Data Communities – DCLG’s response to the open data initiative.