What is the Government Statistical Service (GSS)?
The Government Statistical Service (GSS) is a decentralised professional community spread across most UK government departments and devolved administrations.
Headed by the National Statistician, the GSS produces National Statistics and other official statistics and also provides statistical advice, analysis and interpretation to improve understanding and help decision making.
Working within the GSS
Statisticians working in the GSS – called the Government Statistician Group (GSG) operate within a HR framework administered from within the National Statistician’s office. This framework sets the standards for recruitment, qualifications, competence and training.
Each government department has a Head of Profession (HoP) for statistics who is responsible for professional statistical matters and all statistical staff working in their departments. HoPs are professionally accountable to the National Statistician.
GSS Statisticians are involved in all aspects of Government Policy, establishing statistical pros and cons behind some of the most important questions facing society today. GSS Statisticians provide fact based evidence which potentially impacts any area of social and economic activity at regional, national and international levels.
Who can join the Government Statistician Group (GSG)?
To be eligible to apply for a statistical post, you will hold a first or second class (for fast stream, minimum of upper second class) degree in a discipline containing formal training in statistical theory and methods. You will also need to demonstrate your skills and experience in a range of statistical capabilities.
The next window for applications to the Statistician Fast Stream will open in February 2014.
Statistical Officer recruitment is now open and closes on 24 October 2013.
For more information about our recruitment process, see:
Nationality requirements for GSS appointments
Applicants for GSS posts must be UK nationals, Commonwealth citizens, members of the European Economic Area (EEA), or Swiss nationals who have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom. There are further restrictions for the Diplomatic Service Options.
Please note that it is possible to meet the above nationality requirements and still not be legally entitled to work in the UK. The UK Border Agency operate a points-based immigration policy which applies to the migrants from outside the European Economic Area, Switzerland and Turkey.
It is your responsibility to check whether this policy applies to you. Departments are under no obligation to sponsor work permits under the UK Border Agency’s points-based immigration policy. Therefore, if you require a permit to work in the UK, there is no guarantee that you will be offered a place even if you pass the Fast Stream selection process. In these circumstances the decision to apply, which might involve travel to the UK two or more times to complete the selection process, is yours alone. We can take no responsibility if no place is available for you in the Fast Stream on immigration grounds.
You can find further information about this and the other nationality requirements in Fast Stream.