government statistical service


Government Statistical Service

Apply your analytical mindset to tackle big issues across government and advise on how the country is run

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4 years






Civil Servants working across government are responsible for advising on every aspect of how the country is run. As statisticians we use our expertise to collect, analyse and present the numbers. Increasingly we are using data science skills to tackle big data from new sources, to make our advice even more relevant and timely.


  • you need to be eligible to work in the UK
  • you need, or expect to have, a 2:1 or higher in any numerate degree subject that includes formal statistical training, or an MSc post-graduate degree

What to expect

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The GSS Fast Stream is an exciting graduate development programme. Over 4 years you’ll gain the experience and skills that will put you on a path to senior leadership roles across the Civil Service. You’ll move department every 12 months except for year 3 so you can build a breadth of statistical knowledge and experience.

The GSS Fast Stream offers you a variety of challenging analytical placements across a range of government departments and 2 secondments - to experience working life outside government and outside analysis.

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What’s in it for you

Learning and development

You’ll work with a cohort leader to identify development opportunities, stats training budget, continuous professional development and a possible RSS accreditation. Your cohort leader will help you to identify any gaps in your experience to help you find your next placement.

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.



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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We host events at universities throughout the country so you can find out the information you need to apply for a place on the Fast Stream. We want to reach the most talented and diverse group of students nationwide.