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Vintage fast stream

This page provides information for vintage fast streamer statisticians. You are a vintage fast streamer if you are managed by your department rather than Civil Service Resourcing, and you joined before September 2016.

Useful information for vintage fast streamers looking for jobs

We encourage as many government departments as possible to advertise posts specifically for vintage fast streamers through our informal Expression of Interest (EOI) system. This was set up a few years ago by previous fast stream forum reps, in response to a recommendation from the National Statistician.

We ask recruiting managers to fill in a job template for available posts – this contains a brief description of the role, as well as the competencies required for the post and the development opportunities on offer.

The completed forms are then advertised via the Fast Stream newsletter and the vacancies page of the GSS website.

To apply for a post, you just need to fill out an EOI form which will be available to download. On this form you should outline your current role and the reasons why you are interested in the post, and email it to the recruiting manager.

In most cases, the recruiting manager will then invite you for an informal chat to discuss the role and your experience in more detail, before deciding whether or not to offer you the post. Some recruiting managers may prefer to conduct a more formal interview process, but we do ask for things to be kept informal.

If you have any questions or comments on the EOI system, please email

No vintage fast streamer posts you like the look of? Don’t despair!

  1. Check out the HStO/SStO/RO/SRO jobs advertised on the Civil Service Jobs website. If one of them interests you it is worth emailing the recruiting manager to see if the post could be adapted for a fast streamer, so you don’t have to leave the scheme.
  2. Take a look at the careers section on this website
  3. Find out who is the statistical head of profession in a government department that interests you and send them an email to see if they have any upcoming posts.

You may find that a post that interests you is advertised for a generalist rather than than a statistician. For example, an HEO or SEO post. These can still be useful placements so if one interests you, look into it.

Put yourself forward

If you are struggling to find a new post that matches your development needs then download this form (doc, 39KB), fill it in and send it off to They can then help you get the best job match possible by matching your needs with people looking for fast streamers.