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The next Statistical Officer recruitment opens on Monday 2 October 2017. Applications can be submitted via Civil Service Jobs

The role of a statistical officer

From the economic future of the country to the provision of public services, statistics are vital to every imaginable area of our lives. Join the GSS as a Statistical Officer where you will work across a range of government departments, agencies and other public bodies playing a pivotal role in government decision making.

You will join a team of data experts who collect, process and analyse the data underpinning our society and economy. From tax to transport, to health, policing and the environment, you can expect to see your analysis hitting the headlines on a regular basis and being used by decision-makers in government and industry at the highest level.

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

Statistical officers can work on a variety of projects such as:

  • Developing statistical tools for future data collection
  • Designing ways of collecting data through surveys or using administrative data for statistical purposes
  • Quality assurance including checking and cleaning data
  • Identifying customer needs and ensuring data delivery is fit for purpose
  • Interpreting statistical analysis for policy development
  • Help to build confidence in statistics by applying the Code of Practice for Official Statistics
  • Answering Parliamentary Questions (PQs) and Freedom of Information requests


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You should have, or be expected to obtain, one of the following:

  • A minimum of a 2:2 degree in a numerate discipline such as mathematics, economics, psychology or geography. Your degree should contain some formal statistical training.
  • A graduate diploma of the Royal Statistical Society or equivalent qualification.
  • We also welcome applications from candidates who do not have a degree but can demonstrate significant experience in a statistics related field, plus continuing professional development in a relevant area that leads to qualifications (for example the RSS Higher Certificate)

The experience from a current Statistical Officer

Davita PatelBefore joining the GSS I studied Mathematics at the University of Hertfordshire which sparked my interest in learning more about the statistics produced in the UK. This prompted my decision to join the GSS. On joining the GSS I quickly realised the amazing opportunities that are available and I really appreciated the supportive atmosphere.

I currently work in the Environment Statistics team at the Department for Transport (DfT), producing statistical reports and summaries on UK greenhouse gas emissions and air quality issues, as well as leading the survey analysis of public attitudes towards electric vehicles.

My team has a well-defined and collaborative relationship with our policy and analyst customers, which means we’re involved in lots of high profile, interesting policy areas. Quite recently, I have been involved in making sure the statistics included in the emissions ministerial pack were up to date and accurate. Here at DfT, we also have a reputation for producing excellent data visualisations this is something I am extremely passionate about and strive to do the best I can in order to make our statistics more visually engaging and effective for our customers.

I really enjoy the fast paced, challenging atmosphere in my department and the flexibility of my job which means I get involved in a lot of topical policy areas. I am definitely looking forward to building my career in the GSS.

Davita Patel - Statistical Officer