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
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: email@example.com.
The National Statistician and the Deputy National Statisticians
GSS recruitment team
GSS careers team
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you need access.
The GSS strategy
In 2020, our current strategy (Better Statistics, Better Decisions) will come to an end. A new consultation has been launched to inform the strategy that will replace it.
Governance and boards
Committees and groups:
- Statistical Policies and Standards Committee (SPSC)
- Presentation and Dissemination Committee (PDC)
- Heads of Profession Group
- People Committee
- Inter Administration Committee (IAC)
- International Committee
- The policy on badging statisticians
- GSG competency framework
- The GSG Career Framework with information on how to help people use it
- The GSG recruitment policy
- Guidance for the adoption of success profiles
- The policy for recruiting a statistical Head of Profession
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||02 Mar 2020||07 Apr 2020||20 Apr 2020||27 Apr and 05 May 2020|
|2||09 Apr 2020||19 May 2020||02 June 2020||08 and 15 June 2020|
|3||22 May 2020||30 June 2020||09 July 2020||20 July and 27 July 2020|
|4||03 July 2020||25 Aug 2020||04 Sept 2020||14 and 21 Sept 2020|
|5||28 Aug 2020||13 Oct 2020||27 Oct 2020||03 and 10 Nov 2020|
|6||16 Oct 2020||10 Nov 2020||19 Nov 2020||01 and 08 Dec 2020|
|7||13 Nov 2020||05 Jan 2021||14 Jan 2021||25 Jan and 01 Feb 2021|
|8||08 Jan 2021||16 Feb 2021||26 Feb 2021||08 and 15 Mar 2021|
Any questions on recruitment or careers?
Contact the careers team (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 Code of Practice for Statistics
- Reporting breaches of the code
- Labelling official statistics
- Publishing official and national statistics
- Publishing experimental statistics
- Changing or ceasing to publish official statistics
- Publishing official statistics on polling days
- Management information and official statistics
- Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
- The CPD policy for the Government Statistician Group (GSG)
All these and more can be found on the GSS policy and guidance hub.
Information about the Analysis Function on the GSS website – including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Details about governance, committees, boards and groups relevant to the Analysis Function can be found in the Analysis Function strategy document on pages 17 and 18.
All producers of official statistics have a responsibility to work closely with the devolved administrations.
The Office for National Statistics’ Data Science Campus supports the growth of data science skills and data transformation programme across the analytical community.
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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