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Government Statistical Service

On the Government Statistical Service Fast Stream, you’ll work across government applying your analytical talents to tackle the big issues for the UK.

Duration

4 years

Salary

£28k

Location

UK-wide

About

Statistics and data enable us to understand the world. On the Government Statistical Service Fast Stream you can use your statistical expertise to influence social and economic activity at regional, national and international levels.

 

Professional statisticians work in the data analytical function at the heart of government. We need people with the analytical and leadership skills to shape the way the Government Statistical Service (GSS) responds to an increasingly data-hungry world. 

 

The numbers and analysis we produce are at the centre of the stories that make the news and affect our lives. As a statistician you will use your expertise and develop data science skills to tackle the big issues affecting society.  Your relevant and timely advice will contribute to the GSS vision of ‘Better Statistics, Better Decisions’.

 

Requirements

  • You need to be eligible to work in the UK
  • a 2:1 Honours degree in a subject containing formal statistical training, such as Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Psychology, Geography or similar, or:
  • a Higher Degree, such as an MSc or PhD in a subject containing formal statistical training

What will you experience?

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In today’s constantly evolving data landscape the need for professional statisticians is greater than ever. No other organisation can claim to be involved in the same breadth of work that the Civil Service will offer you. Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to £55k.

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Your progression through the programme

Supporting your learning

Our learning support includes:

  • Support from your cohort leader to identify development opportunities.
  • A three-day residential induction course alongside other fast stream professions.
  • Continuous professional development through a statistics and data science learning curriculum and a possible RSS accreditation.
  • Statistics and data science learning curriculum to help to maintain your continuous professional development.
  • Access a range of high quality training courses to develop your core civil service competencies.
  • Secondments outside the GSS and the Civil Service to develop a strong understanding of customer needs and how statistics are used outside government.
  • A Development Plan to identify any gaps in your experience to help you find your next placement.

Up to £55k

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

What benefits will you enjoy?

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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 vouchers and more.

  • A three day residential induction course alongside other fast stream professions
  • Continuous professional development through a statistics and data science learning curriculum
  • A range of high quality training courses to develop your core civil service competencies
  • Secondments outside the GSS and the civil service to develop a strong understanding of customer needs and how statistics are used outside government
  • The opportunity to defer your placement on the statistician scheme to take up a post on the Department for International Development’s Overseas Development Institute Programme

 

Application process

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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.

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Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests, you'll be invited to complete an Application Form and this will be sifted by the scheme owner, and at the same time you will asked to complete a Numerical test. If successful at this stage, then you will 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.

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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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The majority of Fast Stream events are held at universities across the UK. These campus events are typically only open to students and alumni of that university. If you are a member of the public wishing to attend an event on campus you will need to first contact the university concerned to see if they will be able to facilitate external guests.  
Fast Stream also attends a number of large careers events. Details of these are all posted on the events section of our website.