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The GSS, government professions and Analysis Function

The Government Statistical Service (GSS)

If you work with official statistics in any way you are in the Government Statistical Service (GSS). You don’t have to pass a badging exercise or any other tests, you are just in.

This means the GSS is made up of statisticians, data scientists, researchers, economists, policy experts, business support teams, data journalists, data visualisation experts, methodologists, media experts etc.

The Government Statistician Group (GSG)

The GSG is made up of the statisticians and data scientists working in government who have passed a GSG badging exercise. This can be done as part of the interview process or you can “go through badging” when you are already working in the GSS.

Some government data scientists will not be in the GSG because they have passed a badging exercise for a different government profession e.g. the Government Operational Research Service or the Digital, Data and Technology Profession.

The GSS, GSG and how they fit together

A Venn diagram showing the GSS as one circle and the GSG as another circle that sites inside the GSS. Text that says: Anyone who works with official statistics is in the Government Statistical Service (GSS). But only those who have passed a Government Statistician Group (GSG) badging exercise are in the GSG.

Other government professions

The GSG is a government profession group. But it’s not the only one – there are a range of other professions within government, here are a few examples:

The Analysis Function

The Analysis Function brings together a subset of the government professions, called the “analytical professions”.

The analytical professions are:

The mission of the Analysis Function is to support the government to make better decisions by helping everyone easily access the advice, analysis, research and evidence they need, using consistent, professional standards.

It does this by:

  • facilitating cross-profession lateral moves
  • holding an Analysis Function conference (the first of which took place in 2018)
  • setting best practice and professional standards for analysts within these professions

Find out more about the Analysis Function.