£20,000-£32,445 per annum dependant on government department and starting grade
South Wales, London, North East and North West
About the role
Joining the Government Statistical Service (GSS) as a Data Scientist in one of our UK locations, you’ll play a pivotal role in UK government decision making. Working with a range of government departments, agencies and other public bodies, you’ll make a difference with data in areas that really matter, from education, health and the welfare system, through to transport and the environment.
With access to a variety of data sources, from government systems to big data, you’ll help government to identify, understand and ultimately solve key challenges faced by today’s society. Using advanced statistical and data science techniques, you’ll use your knowledge, curiosity and enthusiasm to produce innovative data and clear, coherent analysis. This is an incredible opportunity to help shape the direction of Data Science within the government. Not only will your work contribute to press articles and media headlines, you’ll also tell compelling, evidence-based stories about the UK. The advice and data-driven insight you produce, on people and places of the UK, will make a real difference to products and services, and have a direct impact on key decisions regarding social and economic issues.
Candidates will typically start on the minimum salary. Minimum starting salary will depend on departments and grade candidates are allocated to.
You'll be a graduate or post-graduate with a minimum 2.2 degree (or equivalent qualification) in a numerate, computer science, IT discipline or similar or you will be in the process of completing an MsC in Data Science/Data Analytics. Highly analytical, you’ll have hands-on experience of your degree discipline, whether that’s in data methods and management, programming or online publication tools. You’ll also need to meet at least two of the four job specific criteria below
1. Experience of programming skills, for example – data extraction, manipulation, analysis and presentation using functional or procedural approaches in a commonly used language such as C#, F#, Python or Java.
2. Experience of scripting and applied use of statistical computing environments such as R, SAS, SPSS, Mathematical or equivalent.
3. Experience of big data technologies such as NoSQL systems, Hadoop or equivalent.
4. Experience of using core statistical skills for exploratory data analysis, for example – principles of statistical inference, correlation and regression to model and understand relationships, data reduction methods including cluster analysis and factor analysis.
The Government Statistical Service is the diverse community of 1,500 professional statisticians, spread across more than 30 government departments and agencies involved in the provision of official statistics, analysis and advice. This recruitment is being run by the Government Statistical Service, in partnership with the UK Government’s other analytical professions and the Government Digital Service. You will have the opportunity to join one of these professional groups, who together, provide the credibility, expertise and insight that government depends on to make informed decisions. In the first instance, you will be deployed into one of a number of government departments, with the opportunities for rotation and development provided through the professional networks.