Government statistician

Government statisticians are responsible for collecting, analysing and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society. The Government Statistical Service (GSS) is the umbrella organisation which brings together all statisticians across government.

What does a government statistician do?

A post as a government statistician can be varied and you can find yourself contributing to research and methodological work or to the production of regular statistical series, such as unemployment figures, statistics on road accidents or environmental issues.

Many posts offer the chance to work on high profile statistics that feature regularly in the media or are key to government decision-making.

Take a look at our profile of environmental statistician Oliver Dormon to learn more.

What qualifications do I need?

It is expected that you have a 2:1 Honours degree in a subject containing official statistical training, like Statistics, Economics, Mathematics, Sciences, Psychology or equivalent.

It will also put you in good stead to have a higher degree, such as an MSc or PhD in a subject containing further statistical training.

How do I find a job as a government statistician?

Recruitment is managed centrally through the GSS recruitment website.

What are the career prospects of a government statistician?

As a civil servant there are a range of opportunities for progression both within and outside of the ONS. Junior staff would expect to consider applying for a promotion board after 3-4 years.

Interchange between government departments is supported and staff can undertake fixed-term secondments to other departments to broaden their experience and skill set.