Useful information for Heads of Profession (HoPs)

Each government department that produces official statistics has a statistical Head of Profession (HoP) who leads and manages statistical activities. The HoPs are accountable to their departmental management for day to day delivery, but also have a professional accountability to the National Statistician. On this page we bring together useful information for the HoPs.

The following provide support for statistics Heads of Profession:

Best Practice and Impact Division

Best Practice and Impact division supports everyone in the GSS to improve government statistics. Get in touch by emailing:

Central Policy Secretariat

Central Policy Secretariat (CPS) supports the HoPs network in a number of different ways, including organising meetings and sending out the weekly HoPs email. Get in touch by emailing:

The National Statistician and the Deputy National Statisticians

Find out more about the National Statistician and the deputies. Get in touch by emailing:

GSS recruitment team

Find out more about the GSS recruitment team. Get in touch by emailing:

GSS careers team

Find out more about the GSS careers team. Get in touch by emailing:

GSS capability

Find out more about the GSS capability team. Get in touch by emailing:

Other HoPs

You can contact other statistics HoPs through Central Policy Secretariat or via the HoPs channel on GSS Slack. These links will only work if you have a Slack account and are logged in. You will also need to be added to the HoPs channel to see the content there.  Please email if you need access.

HoPs from other departments can be contacted through the Central Policy Secretariat (email: or via the HoPs channel on the GSS workspace on Slack. These links will only work if you have a Slack account and are logged in. You will also need to be added to the HoPs channel.

Useful links

Recruitment campaign dates

Recruitment campaigns for Statistical Officers, Higher Statistical Officers and Senior Statistical Officers

Campaign Number Opening Date Closing Date Sift Completed Interviews Scheduled
1 1 March 2021 1 April 2021 22 April 2021 26 April and 3 May 2021
2 12 April 2021 18 May 2021 3 June 2021 7 June and 14 June 2021
3 1 June 2021 29 June 2021 15 July 2021 19 July and 26 July
4 12 July 2021 17 August 2021 2 September 2021 6 September and 13 September
5 23 August 2021 21 September 2021 7 October 2021 11 October and 18 October 2021
6 4 October 2021 9 November 2021 25 November 2021 29 November and 6 December 2021
7 22 November 2021 04 January 2022 20 January 2022 24 January 2022 and 31 January 2022
8 10 January 2022 15 February 2022 3 March 2022 7 March and 14 March 2022

Any questions on recruitment or careers?

Contact the careers team ( if you have a query relating to:

  • GSS professional standards
  • Government Statistician Group (GSG) competency framework
  • badging policy
  • careers and talent pipelines (including GSS apprenticeships)
  • GSS Fast Stream scheme and policies
  • GSS student roles

Contact the recruitment team ( if you have a query relating to:

  • permanent and temporary recruitment
  • badging exercises
  • sandwich students
  • summer placements
  • GSS assessor training
  • careers fairs
  • GSS Fast Stream recruitment

The Analysis Function: Frequently Asked Questions

Information about the Analysis Function on the GOV.UK website.

The GSS, government professions and the Analysis Function.

Details about governance, committees, boards and groups relevant to the Analysis Function can be found in the Analysis Function Strategy on pages 17 and 18.

All producers of official statistics have a responsibility to work closely with the devolved administrations.

Read more about devolution and the GSS. 

The Office for National Statistics’ Data Science Campus supports the growth of data science skills and data transformation programme across the analytical community.

Find out more about the Data Science Campus. 

The Office for Statistics Regulation is the regulatory arm of the UK Statistics Authority. It aims to enhance public confidence in the trustworthiness, quality and value of statistics produced by government. It does this using four main tools:

  • assessment – assessing statistics against the Code of Practice for Statistics and designating them as National Statistics if they comply in full
  • compliance checks – providing a high-level review of the statistics
  • systemic Reviews – on issues and opportunities that cut across the statistical system
  • casework – making public comment on the uses of official statistics

The OSR ogranise their work around subject themes. This has enabled them to develop wider networks of external contacts and topic expertise. As part of this approach, their regulators will seek to maintain regular contact with all HoPs. The OSR team page gives the names and contact information and their subject themes.


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