government statistical service


Government Statistical Service

Want to apply your analytical talents to tackle the big issues for the UK, working across government?


4 years






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


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. Professional statisticians work in the data analytical function at the heart of government.


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’.


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.


  • 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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The GSS is an exciting graduate development programme where you’ll gain the experience and skills that will put you on a path to senior leadership roles in the GSS and across the Civil Service.


You will join the Government Statistician Group (GSG), the Civil Service profession for statisticians that works within the GSS. In one posting you might be producing the analysis that underpins the budget; in another, producing ministerial briefing on schools results and in another, analysing the UK’s energy consumption and contribution to climate change.


This breadth of opportunity is what sets the Civil Service apart from any other employer.


You will be matched to a broad range of postings to develop the best foundation for future promotion and progression within one of the most exciting organisations in the UK.


You will gain experience of working in a number of government departments and undertake a secondment with an external organization.  You will have access to a structured learning and development curriculum, plus coaching.


As well as developing your statistical skills you will be building your skills in line with the Civil Service competency framework, including:

  • Staff management and leadership
  • Project Management
  • Building effective relationships with key stakeholders

Creating and contributing to a culture of innovation and driving continuous improvement

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Your progression through the programme

What you’ll learn

You’ll work with a cohort leader to identify development opportunities, statistics training budget, continuous professional development and a possible RSS accreditation.


We will help you to identify any gaps in your experience to help you find your next placement to meet that skills gap.

You’ll have the opportunity to maintain your continuous professional development through a statistics and data science learning curriculum. Along the way you’ll get all the support, training, development opportunities and challenge that you need to fulfill your potential.

Up to £55k

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

What benefits will you enjoy?


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


Up to £55k

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

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 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.


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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