Director of Population Statistics

Office for National Statistics

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 4th October 2022



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£95,000 - £115,000
Dependent on experience and Civil Service pay guidelines.


SCS Pay Band 2

Contract type


Business area

ONS - Population Analyses - Health Population and Methods

Type of role

Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



We operate a hybrid working model and fully support flexibility with colleagues already based across the UK working from home and linked to one of our core locations in Newport, Titchfield (Fareham) or Darlington.

For this role you will be linked to one of the core locations, the frequency of attendance at our offices is agreed with you as relevant to your role.


The Director of Population Statistics will be responsible for the successful dissemination and communication of the 2021 Census results throughout 2022/23 as well as our exciting move towards more granular and frequent population and migration statistics, and the evidence which underpins a recommendation in 2023 on the future of the census.

Reporting to the Director General for Health, Population and Methods (HPaM), the exciting role of Director of Population Statistics is a key driver in the delivery of an ambitious programme of change within the ONS. The Director of Population Statistics will lead on improvements which deliver the analytical processes and capabilities we need to deliver on radical, inclusive, timely and ambitious population and migration statistics. 

Working alongside other areas of HPaM – Health Analysis & Pandemic Insight (HAPI) and Methodology and Quality, across the office and with external stakeholders, the Director of Population Statistics will influence and deliver the full vision of the future of our statistical system. This will enable ONS to continue to produce the best quality data and trusted statistics in partnership with the UK’s leading academic and statistical organisations, for the public good, meeting the needs of our diverse users. 

Job description

This role leads a portfolio of population, migration and social statistics which delivers:

  • the results of the 2021 national census throughout 2022-23, and the analytical and output system that supports the ongoing use of census data;
  • the design and dissemination of population and migration statistics outputs post-census utilising administrative data from the public and private sectors to meet users’ needs of analysis and statistics; and
  • research and evidence to make a recommendation on the future of the Census in 2023, and the effective communication and engagement of this.

 As a member of the senior management team, you will need to build credible and trusted relationships at the highest level across ONS, the UK Statistics Authority, government departments and beyond with a wide range of stakeholders. You will be able to drive quality and identify opportunities in the fast-changing and demanding requirements on the ONS.

Showing strong leadership, you will influence and challenge colleagues of all levels to achieve ONS’s strategic objectives and deliver value to the taxpayer.

The Director of Population Statistics will work alongside the senior leadership team and the programme’s Senior Responsible Owner to deliver a transformed population and migration statistics system, with particular focus on managing the release of population and migration outputs alongside the 2021 Census results and creating evidence that underpins a credible and robust 2023 recommendation. 


Please refer to the candidate pack attached below for more information.

The Office for National Statistics is part of the Civil Service, and as such we share a number of key benefits with other departments, whilst also having our own unique offerings to support our 5000+ valued colleagues across the business.

Whether you are hearing about us for the first time or already know a bit about our organisation, we hope that the benefits pack attached (bottom of page) will give you a great insight into the benefits and facilities available to our colleagues, and our fantastic working culture.

We are an organisation that takes well-being seriously and lives and breathes the desire to modernise the workplace of the future. Everyone, from our office-based colleagues across our office sites, to our field interviewers and airports and ports passenger survey teams, are part of a diverse and inclusive family.

Inclusion & Diversity

Inclusion & Accessibility

At ONS we are always looking to attract the very best people from the widest possible talent pool, and we are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer. As a member of the Business Disability Forum and a Disability Confident Leader we’re committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

As part of our application process, you will be prompted to provide details of any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process that you need. If you would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments before applying, please contact the recruitment team in the first instance.

If you would like an accessible version of any of the attachments or recruitment documents below or linked to in this advert, please contact the recruitment team who will be happy to assist.

This role has a minimum assignment duration of 3 years. An assignment duration is the period of time a Senior Civil Servant is expected to remain in the same post to enable them to deliver on the agreed key business outcomes. The assignment duration also supports your career through building your depth of expertise.

As part of accepting this role you will be agreeing to the expected assignment duration set out above. This will not result in a contractual change to your terms and conditions. Please note this is an expectation only, it is not something which is written into your terms and conditions or indeed which the employing organisation or you are bound by. It will depend on your personal circumstances at a particular time and business needs, for example, would not preclude any absence like family friendly leave. It is nonetheless an important expectation, which is why we ask you to confirm you agree to the assignment duration set out above.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Please refer to the candidate pack below for the Person Specification and the Selection Process.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Emma Rourke
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

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Further information

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