Office for National Statistics
graduate job
Expires14 days

Research Officer

Job description

Do you want to shape the future?

As a Research Officer (a graduate job role) you would, broadly, be working on a range of research, statistics and analysis projects. This will primarily be for ONS, but on occasions you may conduct projects on behalf of other government departments too. ONS uses a range of primary social research methods, including large scale surveys, continuous and ad-hoc surveys and qualitative/quantitative methodologies. We also undertake secondary data analysis and research of census, survey and administrative data.

You will join a team of professionals working together using a range of statistical, analytical and research techniques, on a wide variety of exciting and challenging tasks.

Social researchers are vital to the production of official statistics covering a broad range of social and economic topic areas. The statistics we produce are vital for government, businesses and people to make informed decisions based on trustworthy evidence.

As a Research Officer (HEO Specialist) within ONS you will contribute to our vision of improving decision-making and informing debate through high-quality, easy-to-use statistics and analysis.

Roles may include some of the following:

  • Production and publication of high quality national statistics on a range of social and economic subject matters
  • Discrete pieces of analysis to provide context and understanding around statistical outputs
  • Development of new methods, production systems and reporting/dissemination to make sure we meet users’ changing needs
  • Answering queries from customers and departments on ad-hoc analyses or standard outputs; helping customers make best use of our statistics
  • Assisting with research to understand administrative datasets and how they can be used in the production of official statistics
  • Producing supporting documentation including metadata, operational or quality and methodology documentation
  • Contributing to quality assurance and production of statistical/research publications
  • Reporting findings through presentations, at ‘show and tell’ meetings, and through papers to a variety of audiences
  • Liaising closely with other staff across ONS to share knowledge and develop expertise
  • Using specialist statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, R or equivalent to support this research

If you believe you have the right skills for these roles, we would like to hear from you.

As well as a competitive salary, you'll enjoy:

  • Generous holiday allowance – 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after five years’ service in addition to public holidays;
  • Good work-life balance – working options include flexible working arrangements Monday to Friday between 7am and 7pm;
  • Strong ethos of equality and diversity;
  • Up to three days paid leave per year for voluntary opportunities;
  • Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and statutory paternity leave of two weeks plus an additional week of departmental paternity leave all at full pay;
  • Highly competitive contributory Civil Service pension;
  • Career development and progression – career pathway options such as apprenticeships and recognised qualifications for a variety of professions are available;
  • Free onsite car parking in Newport and Fareham;
  • Cycle to work scheme

What we are looking for


Please be aware that the qualification requirements have now changed; ensure you take note of the below before applying.

You must have, or expect to get during this academic year, a minimum of a 2:1 degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) in a social science-related subject with sufficient social research content.

Full information on what the qualification requirements are can be found in the candidate pack and application form when you click to apply.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details


Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

Please make sure you read this information carefully to ensure you meet the criteria for this position before applying. If you unsure if you meet the criteria, please feel free to contact us

Please do not simply attach your university transcript as this will be insufficient evidence to demonstrate that 30% of your degree covered the required components and your application will not be considered.

A template is provided to collect the information required on your qualifications. This can be found when you click to apply.

In addition, we will not accept research projects or dissertations as evidence.

Please read the ‘how to apply’ guidance attached to the job advert on our website

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 16 June 2020

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Closing date:  16 June 2020

Expires14 days

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