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 September 2013. Apply at http://faststream.civilservice.gov.uk/
Statistical Officer Recruitment is currently closed.
For more information about our recruitment process, see: