Statistical Officer (StO) across the GSS

Government Statistical Service

Apply before Midday on Tuesday 14th February 2023



Reference number



National min £24,327/ London min £27,950 (Starting salaries vary depending on department).

Job grade

Executive Officer

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

Fixed term appointments of between 12-18 months may also be available.

Business area

GSS - Statistical and Analytical

Type of role


Working pattern

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

Number of jobs available



Andover, Birmingham, Bristol, Croydon, Darlington, Fareham, Glasgow, High Wycombe, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newport (Gwent), Pontypridd, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Wolverhampton

Job summary

Are you looking for a fresh challenge that will really put your statistical skills to the test?

The Government Statistical Service (GSS) collects, analyses and publishes official statistics to help government, business, and the public understand the current state of the UK economy and society.

You will be working at the heart of government, in roles that really make a difference, including;
Supporting the transport network and infrastructure to keep the UK on the move
Safeguarding our natural environment to sustain a thriving rural economy
Supporting immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, fire,counter-terrorism and police

No other organisation can claim to be involved in the same breadth of work that the GSS will offer you.

Through this campaign you will join the Government Statistical Group (GSG), the Civil Service profession for Statisticians and Data Scientists.

Job description

The role will require you to apply your statistical skills to innovate and solve problems in data management and analysis. You will be using a range of software packages and analytical techniques. The ability to explain and communicate your findings to a varied audience will also be essential.

Key responsibilities

Your day to day tasks will require you to;
• deliver high quality statistical advice and analysis to inform debate and influence decision making
• use a range of software packages and analytical techniques
• work proactively with customers to identify requirements, share knowledge and information
• be responsible for aspects of statistical production, explain and communicate your findings
• Innovate and solve problems in data management and analysis 

Person specification

• Experience in the practical application of analysis or research with an in-depth knowledge of data sources
• Ability to manage own workload and contribute to statistical production
• Good communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate complex analysis to non-specialists and contribute effectively to stakeholders
• Ability to work as part of a team to deliver high quality statistical advice and analysis, often to tight deadlines


To be eligible for this role you should have or be on track to obtain by September 2023:

• A first or second class honours degree in a numerate subject (2:2 minimum for Statistical Officer) containing at least 25% taught statistical content (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography, Data Science or similar);
• A higher degree, e.g. an MSc or PhD, in a subject containing formal statistical training (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Data Science, Psychology, Geography or similar).

Alternatively you could apply if you:

• Have worked in a statistical or data science field for a minimum of two years and are able to demonstrate Continuous Professional Development (via a logbook) in applying statistics or data science at the same level as a foundation degree or Higher National Diploma (level five), which demonstrates the expected skills as outlined in the GSG Competency framework.
• Have achieved or on track to achieve a level 4 apprenticeship including at least 2 years in a statistical/data analysis field in government and are able to demonstrate continuous professional development in statistics/data analysis (via a CPD log book signed off by a manager or mentor who are members of the statistical profession).

Please note - candidates may apply in their final year of study whilst they are still awaiting their qualification result, however, formal contracts can only be offered upon confirmation of the achievement of the relevant qualification. In the case of an apprenticeship, this includes completing 2 years work experience in a statistical/data analysis field in government as part of attaining the qualification.

Failure to provide this information will result in your application being sifted out of the process.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Presenting and Disseminating Data Effectively
  • Acquiring Data/Understanding Customer Needs
  • Data Analysis
Benefits of joining the GSG include:

• The opportunity to work across a range of government departments, agencies and other public bodies playing a pivotal role in government decision making
• Contribute to society with a unique chance to work on a breadth of projects and issues that make a real difference for the public good
• Challenge and stretch yourself to develop your career and reach your full potential
• Opportunities to maintain your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) through a statistical learning and development programme
• Membership of a professional community of Data Scientists and Statisticians
• Competitive salary
• Flexible working hours
• Highly competitive pension

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

If you are interested in a challenging and progressive career as a statistician, click APPLY NOW for this unique opportunity.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

Please see candidate pack attached for full entry requirements.

Application Stage:

Please apply by submitting a CV and personal statement. Your CV should cover details of education and professional qualifications, employment history and relevant skills and experience. Ensuring you reflect on the requirements in the job description, including essential and desirable skills.

Your personal statement should reflect the person specification. It must include details of your technical and professional achievements and should be no more than 1250 words.

Please make sure that you fully complete the qualifications section in the application form. Applications submitted without details of degree studied, grades and credits (including predicted) will be discounted. Failure to provide this information will result in your application being sifted out of the process.

Once you have submitted your application you will be invited via email to complete the GSS online multiple choice test. This is a timed test and must be completed and submitted by midday on the closing date to be considered for the next stage of the process. You are encouraged to try the test attached to the advert before attempting the real test. Please ensure you inform us ahead of the test if you require any reasonable adjustments to be considered.

Please note: If you are already a member of the GSG, you are exempt from sitting the GSS online test. To prevent your application being rejected please ensure you email your membership number or details to as soon as you submit an application to notify us. Once confirmed you will be moved onto the next stage by our recruitment team.

Interview Stage:

Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed using various assessment techniques aligned to the Civil Service Success Profiles framework.

Part of the assessment will be based on the following Behaviours:

Managing a quality service
Changing and Improving
Working Together

You will also be assessed on the following GSG Technical Competencies:

Presenting and disseminating data - tested by presentation (non-badged applicants)
Data Analysis
Acquiring data/Understanding customer needs effectively

Please note:
We do not refund travel or subsistence for candidates attending interviews.
Some government departments may require a higher level security check.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Sifting will take place from 20th and 27th February 2023
Interviews will be held from w/c 6th and 13th March 2023 

*Please note some departments encourage applications from Welsh speakers. If you would like to know more please contact us.*

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


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.

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.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Jess Gwatkin
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

  • Email :

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission

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