government social research

Schemes

Government Social Research

Identify, evaluate policy, analyse and interpret the social trends and research that help influence major decisions

Duration

3 years

Salary

From £27k

Location

UK-wide

About

A career in the Government Social Research (GSR) involves working at the heart of government – ensuring ministers and policy makers have the data to understand social issues, and helping evaluate the policy responses to them. Research underpins all policy made by government on areas such as health, crime, work, pensions, education and transport – in fact everything that affects us as the people of the UK.


GSR has members in all the main government departments as well as the devolved administrations and other government bodies.


For a full list of the eligible disciplines please visit our FAQ page.


For more further about GSR and the assessment centre please see www.gsr.gov.uk


Requirements

  • you need to be eligible to work in the UK
  • you need, or expect to have a minimum 2:1 in your undergraduate degree, or 2:2 with a postgraduate degree, in a social science subject.
  • A qualifying social science subject is one which contains substantial social research methods training (comprising around one third of modules taken in the course) including quantitative research methods and three of the following: systematic/literature reviews; qualitative methods; interpretation of data and presentation of results; study design and hypothesis testing; and application of ethics to research.

What will you experience?

You’ll contribute to the reporting of social trends, the development of government policy and evaluation of how policies make a difference to public services. Your work might involve developing surveys, analysing data, producing statistics, reviewing existing research evidence and working with other analysts in government to provide timely, relevant and robust briefings for policy colleagues and ministers.

What do they say

Your progression through the programme

Supporting your learning

Our training includes:

  • Assess to welcome event and a series of induction courses. Access to a range of high quality training courses to develop your Social Research professional skills and wider leadership and management skills.
  • Access to a programme of cross-government events and conferences
  • Join a network of GSR and assess to Civil Service/GSR mentors support (if desired).

Up to £55k

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

What benefits will you enjoy?

benefits

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.

Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, child care assistance and more.

Application process

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Online tests

The online tests consist of Work Style Questionnaires and multimedia Situational Judgement Questionnaires, Work Based Scenarios and a video interview.

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

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Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests, you’ll be invited to attend a half day assessment centre in either London or Newcastle. The Fast Stream Assessment Centre (FSAC) reflects some of the key elements of a Fast Stream role and will consist of a leadership exercise, a group exercise and a written analysis exercise. Information is presented via an iPad tablet; alternative formats are available.

You can take a virtual tour of the assessment centres at the following links:

London

Newcastle

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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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