The Government Statistical Service (GSS) is a decentralised professional community spread across most UK government departments and devolved administrations. Headed by the National Statistician, the GSS produces National Statistics and other official statistics, analysis, interpretation and provides statistical advice to improve understanding and help decision-making at the very highest levels.
You can influence a huge range of areas with your thinking when you’re working for the GSS. Population, the economy, the environment, the labour market, crime, education and health are just some of the many topics covered by our Fast Stream Statisticians. The statistics we produce are reported daily throughout the media and provide the evidence needed to make informed decisions across a wide range of political, social and economic issues.
Join the GSS as a Fast Stream Statistician, and you will have the chance to develop your expertise through a wealth of training opportunities. Statistician Fast Streamers take part in a structured learning and development process and will be stretched and supported in a variety of posts, often across different government departments to help them develop the core and statistical skills to enable them to fulfil their potential.
In the long term, your progress will depend on your performance, although we would expect you to advance to full Statistician status within four to six years.
What are we looking for?
Candidates must be highly numerate with exceptional team-working, problem solving and organisational skills, with the ability to become future leaders of the Civil Service. Candidates who have (or are expecting) a minimum of a 2:1 degree in a subject containing formal statistical training (eg Statistics, Maths, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Sciences, Geography) are invited to apply.
We’re looking for people who understand the problems associated with data collection and how quality problems and inherent variability in samples may lead to misinterpretation or misleading results. For more information about the Government Statistical Service, please visit www.statistics.gov.uk/gssjobs