government operational research service


Government Operational Research Service

Use scientific and mathematical techniques to help the government find solutions to complex management problems

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3 to 5 years






The Government Operational Research Service (GORS) supports policy-making, strategy and operations in many different departments and agencies by using mathematical techniques to provide solutions to complex economic and societal problems. GORS analysts work in close collaboration with other analysts and policy colleagues in multi-disciplinary teams and have access to high profile, intellectually challenging, varied work.


  • you need to be eligible to work in the UK
  • you need, or expect to have, a 2:1 or higher in a highly numerate degree subject; or a 2:2 with a highly numerate postgraduate degree
  • highly numerate degrees include subjects like maths, statistics and physics; for mixed degrees, at least 50% should be in a highly numerate subject

What to expect

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The challenges faced by the government are complex and often costly. You’ll help identify the underlying and linked issues, modelling the likely impact of changes and interventions. You’ll use your skills in modelling and analysis to work with policy makers, finding ways to improve the delivery of public services and to formulate government policy.

To do this, you’ll use a range of techniques from facilitation to hard numerical analysis. You’ll generate and organise ideas, analyse data, understand and improve systems, and forecast likely outcomes.

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What’s in it for you

Learning and development

There will be a residential induction course, continuous professional development through an OR curriculum developed with the OR Society, and support for accreditation to the OR Society. A range of high quality training courses will help develop your core civil service competencies.

You’ll have a programme of cross-government events to expand your knowledge of OR in other departments. As well as developing technical skills, you’ll be trained in and develop broader skills in line with the civil service competency framework. You should be regularly discussing your development with your line manager.

Up to £55k

If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you could earn around £45k to £55k.



You’ll have a unique chance to work on issues that really matter, and to gain experience internally and externally. It’s the best foundation for promotion and long-term progression.

Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to £55k, while other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, childcare assistance and more.

Application Process


Online tests

The online tests consist of 2 questionnaires, an e-tray exercise and a video interview. We recommend you do some practice questions:Situational judgement questions.

You'll only move on to the next test, if you've successfully passed the previous one.


Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests, you'll be invited to attend a half-day assessment at one of our assessment centres in either London or Newcastle.

We'll ask you to take part in a series of exercises. This includes a leadership exercise, a group exercise and an analysis exercise.


Final selection

If you are successful at the assessment centre, you’ll be invited to take part in a final selection process.

The specialist assessments will assess your broad capabilities and motivation to be part of the profession you’ve chosen. You’ll be sent detailed guidance before the assessment to explain what is involved.

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