Are you considering an analytical career within the Civil Service?

September 6, 2017

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) Undergraduate University Working Group 2017/18 is a great opportunity for students to learn about different types of analytical careers within government and help shape UK Statistics.

Office of National Statistics

What is the ONS?

The ONS is the UK’s largest producer of official statistics, collecting and publishing a huge array of data on the economy, population, health and society.

The data produced shapes government policy, informs debate and drives social and economic research.

University Working Group

What is the University Working Group (UWG)?

The UWG is an ONS initiative designed to get students from local universities involved with UK statistics.

It is a good opportunity for students to learn about the statistics we produce, and help us effectively communicate our statistics to users.

How will it benefit you?

The work produced has real outcomes and involves some of the most high profile statistics. Previous UWG students have published pieces of analysis, developed new statistical indices, and designed new ways of communicating national statistics.

The work would suit those considering a career within the Government Economic Service or Government Statistical Service, since it provides relevant experience to support future applications for industrial placements and graduate positions.

At the end of the process, students are invited to a series of presentations and mock recruitment exercises designed to prepare them for the Civil Service graduate recruitment process.

What will you be doing?

Successful applicants work in teams to produce a piece of work over a period of approximately four months. Each team is assigned a mentor who will provide them with support and guidance throughout the process.

There are a number of projects which can be undertaken. Some examples include:

  • Creating a gravity model, to analyse the geographical drivers of UK Trade;
  • Analysing the links between economic sentiment and other economic indicators;
  • Designing an infographic relating to an ONS statistic;
  • Testing orthodox economic theory using ONS data.

When and where does it happen?

There will be a series of three meetings at the ONS Newport office, coupled with visits from mentors to university campuses to help keep the projects on track.

Applications will close on: 22 October 2017

You will need to be available on:

  • 1st November – Students are introduced to ONS, learn their projects’ aims & objectives, and meet their mentors
  • 14th February – Students are invited to discuss their progress and receive feedback
  • 14th March – Students present their final work and take part in mock recruitment exercises

Entry requirements

  • We are looking for students who are studying a degree in a numerate subject such as economics, mathematics or statistics.
  • Applicants should be prepared to travel to the ONS Newport office on three occasions during the academic year.
  • Most importantly, we are looking for applicants who are considering an analytical career within the Civil Service.

How to apply

Please send a copy of your CV coupled with a brief answer to the question ‘How would you benefit from this opportunity?’ (No more than 300 words) to

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