GORS Analytical 1 Year Sandwich Placement

Government Operational Research Service

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 1st November 2020


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£17,641 - £25,288


Administrative Assistant
Administrative Officer
GORS Student Placement

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

11-13 months

Business area

GORS, Government Operational Research Service, analysis, analytical support, evidence-based policy, scenario modelling, problem structuring/solving

Type of role

Operational Research

Working pattern


Number of posts



Bristol, Croydon, Fareham, Hastings, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newport, Sheffield

About the job


Apply now for this exciting opportunity to spend your university sandwich placement year in a high profile Government Department. Our exciting year-long placement opportunities are available at:
- Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,
- Department for Transport,
- Department for Work & Pensions,
- Department of Health and Social Care,
- HM Revenue & Customs,
- Home Office,
- Ministry of Defence,
- Office for National Statistics,
- Valuations Office Agency.

In the following locations:
- Bristol,
- Croydon,
- Fareham,
- Hastings,
- Leeds,
- Liverpool,
- London,
- Manchester,
- Newcastle,
- Newport,
- Sheffield

Please select more than one locations while expressing your location preference, this will allow us to allocate you the next preferred location, in case your first preferred location has been fully occupied.

Who is eligible? You must be studying for a highly numerate degree (e.g. mathematics, engineering, chemistry, and physics) and expecting to achieve a 2:1 or above. We understand that under current circumstances that your expected grades may have been delivered in a different way than usual. You must be in at least your second year of study and must be returning to university after completing your placement.

Job description

Who are GORS? The Government Operational Research Service (GORS) are the analytical minds behind many of the Government’s policies. Policies which, when implemented, affect everybody in the UK – including you. Through the use of various scientific and mathematical Operational Research techniques, we add empirical weight to new or revised policies. Our work helps bring them to life. Operational Research brings intellectual rigour to the decision-making process. By looking closely at complex systems, and developing models that predict the way they behave, our analysts can bring a new perspective to the way problems are tackled. If you join us, you’ll be part of a select team who can influence the decisions of policy makers at more than twenty five government departments and agencies. From immigration to climate change, we look objectively at the complex problems the government faces and apply a range of analytical and modelling techniques to help them find better solutions. Better solutions mean better policies. Once these are formulated, we use advanced modelling techniques to gauge their potential impact before they’re delivered. In this way, we help ensure that public money is spent wisely, on policies our analysis predicts will be effective.

What is being offered? We have a year-long placement opportunities in locations across the UK. These placements are to gain professional and technical skills whilst working on some of the most interesting and pertinent problems facing the country. We take on students who are interested in learning modelling, statistical and computing skills and have the drive and personality to work effectively both on their own and in a team.

Note that once you have submitted your application you cannot amend it. Please do not submit your application until you have completely finished and answered all the relevant questions. We are sorry that we cannot accept late applications. All applications for these vacancies must be made online. There are limited exceptions to this. Paper applications will only be considered if you have a disability that will prevent you from applying online. If this is the case, please email gorsjobs.csr@csresourcing.gsi.gov.uk.

Want help understanding whether your nationality qualifies to join the Civil Service, or UK immigration rules? Please search online for Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Further information URL: www.operational-research.gov.uk

For hints and tips on how to apply, please see the student section of the GORS website: www.operational-research.gov.uk/recruitment/students.


You will be working at the heart of government and your conclusions will help shape national policy that will affect millions of people. Our analytical teams cover a broad range of remits, including dealing with resource allocation, workforce planning, forecasting, performance measurement, and strategic planning. Previous student projects have included: - Informing impact assessments to provide balanced and objective views of the costs and benefits of policies; - Designing a pilot study to test the impact of a new policy to increase the likelihood of unemployed people entering work; - Analysing the impact of customer behaviour to identify different types of customers we interact with.

What will you be doing? You will have the opportunity to learn the skills required for professional life whilst working for organisations ranked in the top 10 graduate employers in the country as rated by graduates. The work will be high profile and you might find yourself working with requests from Ministers and other senior officials. The previous students have: - Forecast migration routes into the UK - Been exposed to multiple arms of government such as central policy, delivery of frontline services, finance and long term strategy - Worked on analysis to achieve world class education from early years through to adulthood - Modelled benefit fraud.

Who are we looking for? We are looking for bright, forward-thinking students from highly numerate subject areas such as mathematics, physics, operational research, computer science, statistics, engineering and economics. Being highly numerate is only the starting point for our student analysts. We expect you to build on your technical skills and work towards successfully influencing policy decisions by presenting your analyses effectively in meetings, written reports and oral presentations.


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

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Qualifications
  • Knowledge and Application of OR Skills and Techniques
  • Achieving Impact with Analysis


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension
• 22-28 days annual leave.

Things you need to know


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.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Technical skills.
Your application form will be sifted on the basis of eligibility (including level of degree numeracy and A-level requirements) and on the basis of the technical skills and the behaviour examples provided in your application.

If your application is successful at the sift stage, we will invite you to book yourself an interview. You will be able to choose from the location and dates as mentioned below for your interview.

Before the interview begins, you will be will be asked to prepare and deliver a five minutes presentation to describe the approach you would take to tackle the problem described in one of the given scenarios.

There will be only one round of interview and it will focus on testing your technical skills and behaviours in line with the presentation you have prepared and the examples you have provided in your application form.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  GORS Student Recruitment Team
Recruitment team :
Email :  gors.recruitment@hmrc.gov.uk

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