government statistical service


Government Statistical Service

With a growing demand for analytical services, a career in statistics puts you at the heart of decision making in government


4 years






The GSS is an independent body working together to provide the statistical insight required by decision makers.

Roles in the GSS support the production of official statistics alongside analysis and advice, providing a firm evidence base for decision making both inside and outside of government.

As a GSS fast streamer you will be joining the Government Statistical Service’s flagship training scheme for future statistical leaders.

Over the four-year scheme you will experience statistical work in a range of government departments as you build up the skills and knowledge needed to progress to senior leadership roles in the GSS and across the civil service.

For more information about the GSS please see the GSS website.


  • You need to be eligible to work in the UK
  • you need a 2:1 Honours degree in a subject containing at least 25% formal statistical training, such as Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Psychology, Geography or similar,
  • or you need a Higher Degree, such as an MSc or PhD in a subject containing formal statistical training

What will you experience?

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Your roles will consist of a combination of:

  • Collection and analysis of data and the publication of statistics including taking early responsibility of work strands to develop your leadership and technical capability
  • Research into new data sources, methodologies and techniques to improve statistical outputs
  • User engagement: identifying customer needs and ensuring research is fit for purpose
  • Working with policy teams to provide evidence-based analysis demonstrating your leadership and capability
  • Data science roles, finding new ways to extract value from data taking personal responsibility, from your 1st post and throughout the programme, to fulfil your broader leadership potential in a Statistics environment

What do they say

Your progression through the programme

Supporting your learning

There will be a wide range of activities to support your learning and development in your roles. You won’t be expected to have in-depth knowledge of all areas on day one.

Your formal learning offer will consist of:

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 make a difference to citizens
  • The skills you will develop are highly valued and transferable, with the ever-increasing demand for analytical services
  • Membership of the Government Statistician Group (GSG), our professional group for statisticians
  • Part of a wider analytical community, the Analysis Function across the civil service.
  • Gain valuable experience across a range of government departments and other public bodies
  • Networking opportunities within your fast stream cohort and previous cohorts.
  • Cohort days led and delivered by fellow fast streamers.
  • Up to £1000 bursary available in year three and/or four for relevant learning and development
  • Successful completion of the scheme and promotion will see you earn around £45k to £55k and the skills and leadership experiences you will access whilst on the scheme will give you the opportunity to reach more senior leadership roles faster enabling long-term career progression.
  • Highly competitive pension
  • 25 days of annual leave, rising to 30, with 10 days of national holidays and privilege days
  • The Civil Service Fast Stream is ranked as No.2 in the Times top 100 Graduate Employment list.
  • You’ll be working for an employer committed to hiring from all backgrounds and ethnicities.

Application process


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.


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:




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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