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Organisation : Government Statistical Service
Job Title : Statistical Officer
Reference Number: 1543537
Closing Date: 18 Jun 2017
Salary : Salaries will vary depending on department
Location: Bristol, England

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Statistical Officer :

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Government Statistical Service (GSS) as a Statistical Officer.

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Statisticians’ skills are in high demand in government as analysts, producers of official statistics and data scientists. In all of their job roles they use their recognised professional standards to ensure the quality and integrity of their work.

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.

As a professional Statistician working in the GSS you are vital to the collection, analysis and publication of official statistics to help government, business, and the public understand the current state of the UK economy and society.

Our statistics allow people to make informed decisions, whether it’s the Prime Minister trying to improve the UK economy, or a citizen interested in the crime rate in their area.

GSS statistics are produced without any political influence, to ensure that they are a trusted and authoritative source of information.

What to Expect :
You will join the Government Statistician Group (GSG) within the GSS. The GSG is the professional community for all civil servants working in the collection, production and communication of official statistics.

The community is spread across most UK government departments and the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

You will have the opportunity to work across a range of government departments, agencies and other public bodies playing a pivotal role in government decision making.

You can expect to use your statistical and broader skills in a wide range of roles to :
** Inform government strategy and operational direction based on the collection, analysis and use of data to meet customer needs
** Design data collection to publish results and analysis (including official statistics) to inform policy and public debate
** Present and disseminate statistics using modern visualisation or publication techniques to give access to technical and non-technical data users
** Lead data research and improve processes using data science and statistical techniques

** Guide analysts and non-analysts in the application of data science or statistical techniques as well as the publication of independent unbiased official statistics (or data)

** Collaborate internationally with fellow professionals to understand the UK and the world through data

A career in the GSG offers :
** An important role in evidence based decisions in government

** Continuous professional development in statistical and data science techniques including bespoke induction training covering the structure and governance of the GSS, the UK Code of Practice, the UK Statistics Authority Strategy and career management

** The opportunity to develop in a range of job roles using data and policy across a spectrum of Government Departments

** Membership of a thriving professional community of Methodologists, Data Scientists and Statisticians who are excited about contributing to analysis across Government.

Person specification :
Existing civil servants who are already a member of the Government Statistician Group (GSG) – Please note if you are already in the GSG you do not need to re-sit the online multiple choice test but please make it clear in your application form.

Qualifications :
You should have, or hope to obtain by September 2017 one of the following :
** A first or second class honours degree in a subject containing formal statistical training (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography Data Science or similar); or

** A higher degree, e.g. an MSc or PhD, in a subject containing formal statistical training (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Data Science, Psychology, Geography or similar).

** Applications from candidates who do not have a degree are welcomed, but they must demonstrate that they have worked in a statistics/data science related field.

** Candidates will be required to demonstrate their continuous professional development (via a CPD Log Book) in statistics/data science to demonstrate knowledge at the same level as a foundation degree/HND (Level 5).

Apply and further information :
Contact point for applicants – Please contact the GSS recruitment team with any queries regarding this campaign: GSS.Recruitment@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Sift/interview dates and location :
Sift will take place between 19th and 30th June 2017. Interviews are expected to take place from 3rd July 2017, locations to be confirmed nearer the date(s).

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