GSS Summer Student Placements 2021

Government Statistical Service

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 12th January 2021


Reference number



National min £19,134, London min £22,134 per annum (will vary by department)


Administrative Officer
Summer Placement

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

up to 3 months

Business area

GSS - Statistical and Analytical, Positions across Government Departments

Type of role

Information Technology

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Number of posts



Birmingham, Bristol, Croydon, Darlington, Fareham, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newport, Sheffield

About the job


Are you studying a numerate degree and seeking a summer placement?
Are you interested in pursuing a career in statistics?
Are you excited by challenge that will put your statistical skills to the test?

If the answer is yes, we have an exciting opportunity for you in the Government Statistical Service.

You could be spending your university summer placement in one of our departments across the UK, 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

There will be opportunities in the following departments;
• Cabinet Office
• Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
• Department for Education (DfE)
• Department for Transport (DfT)
• Department for International Trade (DiT)
• Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
• Home Office
• Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)
• The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)

Job description

The work is high profile and you might find yourself working with requests from Ministers and other senior officials. You will work with existing team members focusing on research work which will form part of larger projects. This role may also include:

• Being exposed to multiple arms of government such as central policy, delivery of frontline services, finance and long term strategy;
• Working with a variety of professions including analysts, policy, delivery and IT specialists
• Working in a government environment which promotes a healthy work-life balance and encourages learning and development
• Joining a community of placement students and network across the GSS

The summer placement will for a continuous period of up to 3 months, between June - August 2021


These placements are an opportunity for you to put into practice the techniques you have learnt during your studies within a working environment. You will work with others, including Data Scientists to learn new techniques and understand how the work across the GSS influences and shapes policy decision making.

You will have the opportunity to learn the skills required for professional life whilst working for the GSS which has been ranked as one of the top 100 graduate employers in the country (rated by the graduates themselves).

If you enjoy your time with us as a summer placement we would love you to make this a full-time career. As part of your placement you will be fully supported in your development to help you apply for any related external recruitment campaigns in the future. Many successful students secure a
job offer during their placement ready for when they have graduated- a fantastic opportunity not to be missed.

For details of longer term career development opportunities -

Person Specification

• Experience in collection, manipulation and analysis of data and presenting research results (theoretical or practical understanding of basic statistics).

• IT literate, with experience of working with a variety of software, especially Excel, including experience of or aptitude for statistical software.

• Good communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate analysis to non-specialists

• Ability to work as part of a team to deliver quality statistical advice and analysis, often to tight deadline


You must be currently studying for a highly numerate degree (e.g. mathematics, engineering, chemistry, physics) and expecting to achieve a 2:2 or above.

In the qualifications section, please ensure you include details of the degree you are studying, current year of study, expect graduation year and any predicted grade.
Failure to provide this information may result in your application being sifted out.


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

  • Working Together
  • Developing Self and Others

Technical skills

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

  • Presenting and Disseminating Data
  • Data Analysis


The Government Statistical Service is a community for all civil servants working in the collection, production and communication of official statistics. Our statisticians work across a range of government departments, agencies and other public bodies playing a pivotal role in government decision making.

Working in the GSS means you
• 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
• Have opportunities to maintain your Continuous Professional Development (CPD) through a statistical learning and development programme
• Earn a competitive salary
• Flexible working hours

We take the well-being of employees seriously and we consider everyone, in whatever department or location in the country to be part of a diverse and inclusive GSS family.

Inclusion & Accessibility

In GSS we're 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 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.
If you need help with any part of the application process or completing your CV or personal statement please contact our Recruitment Team at one of the team will be happy to help you.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring 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, Experience and Technical skills.
Please provide a personal statement of up to 500 words to evidence your competence against the person specification.

Candidates that pass the sift will be invited to interview.

The interview will test candidate's knowledge and experience against two technical competencies as well as two Civil Service Behaviours.

These are;
*Working Together
*Developing Self and Others

Please refer to the Civil Service Success Profiles link below.

Sifting will take place W/C 18th January 2021
Interviews start from W/C 8th February 2021

Dates are subject to change.

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

*Please note some government departments entry grade is AA rather than AO as advertised

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 :
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Email :
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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 Paul Cudmore, Office for National Statistics, Government Buildings, Cardiff Road, Newport NP10 8XG. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at

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