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Assistant Methodologist

Posted 12 October by Office for National Statistics Ended

About ONS:
We are the UK's largest producer of official statistics in the UK. We are also the only government department with the production of statistics as its main role. We are independent of ministers and instead report through the UK Statistics Authority to Parliament and the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

At ONS we believe that people deserve the best support and are given the best opportunities. Career development is extremely important to us. This is a reflection on what a great organisation you will be joining and the culture that you will be part of. As well as career support you will also enjoy excellent civil service benefits, including flexible working and civil service pension plan.

Job Description

We currently have a number of opportunities in Methodology at the graduate entry level. Methodologists provide specialist skills to strengthen the work of ONS and the Government Statistical Service. We improve the rigour and cost effectiveness of regular statistics; develop innovative solutions to emerging issues; and provide a technical and methodological environment that supports a progressive and professional, statistical service.

As a statistical methodologist your main role will be to research, develop and implement statistical or analytical solutions to promote the accuracy and quality of ONS outputs. To report findings and recommendations of research, working with others across ONS to share knowledge and build on expertise. You will work on methodological projects relating to the wide range of statistical activities of the ONS. These include, for example, designing samples; devising methods for dealing with non-response in censuses and surveys; estimating for small areas and developing methods for estimating from non-survey sources - such as big data and administrative data.

We are interested to hear from people with a strong statistics background. The minimum requirement is for a 2:1 degree in statistics or with a substantial statistical content. A postgraduate qualification in such areas is desirable. You will also have excellent computing, problem solving, team working and communication skills.

About You

• have an awareness of the practical aspects associated with collecting, processing and using large scale datasets;

• employ statistical/analytical problem solving skills to conduct analysis in support of the work of the division;

• report findings and recommendations of analysis and research in a clear and concise way
e.g. giving presentations, briefings and writing papers;

• liaise closely with other staff in the immediate work area and other areas across ONS, to share knowledge and build on existing expertise;

• undertake personal development.

As part of this recruitment campaign, you will become of a member of the Government Statistical Service (GSS)


You should have a 2:1 degree in statistics or a degree with a substantial statistical content.

For some posts a post graduate qualification in a mathematical or statistical subject is desirable

Candidates currently in their final year of studying an applicable degree and expect to receive a 2:1 or higher or a post graduate qualification may also apply, but the offer of employment will be conditional on receiving the required grade.

Please forward your CV and a covering letter to register your interest.

locations:Newport / London

Required skills

  • Data
  • Research
  • Statistics

Reference: 33532517

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