Analyst (Trainee Data Scientist)

Business Unit Information

The Digital and Analysis unit within Government Shared Services is a transformative multi-disciplinary team taking a leading role in the development of HR service delivery and digital strategy for the Civil Service.

Our mission is to design, develop and maintain a user-centred digital experience that supports our people through the employee lifecycle, and to provide vital analysis and insight to Civil Service HR teams and our customers.

Our services span recruitment, talent management and learning and development to the Civil Service. It also includes providing expert analytical services on Fast Stream, Fast Track, Summer Diversity Internship and Early Diversity Internship programmes.

Job description

About the Job

The Analysis & Research (AR) team within Digital & Analysis is the lead analytical unit across Government Shared Services and Civil Service Human Resources (CSHR). We provide objective and high-quality data analytics, statistical reporting and operational/statistical research to support senior leaders, enabling the directorate and department to understand and tackle complex problems, increase operational effectiveness and develop organisational HR strategy.

This entry role offers an exciting opportunity to work hands-on with recruitment and other HR data relating to the Fast Stream and Fast Track early talent schemes. The postholder will be central to facilitating the analytical work of the Analysis and Research team helping to deliver high profile HR analytics and data-driven reporting products to the strategic centre of the Civil Service.

It will involve:

  • processing large volumes of data at pace to create statistical publications and business intelligence dashboards;
  • handling, answering and quality checking data queries in a timely manner;
  • exploring new ways to work, and storing data, including surveys, in-team MS Excel/Access databases and automation processing using Excel, VBA, R, Python etc.;
  • Conducting user / stakeholder research and feedback / presentation to further improve core reporting products and team excellence;
  • performing deeper research and quantitative/qualitative modelling to answer the more substantive questions in HR policy and to drive programme improvements;
  • writing data insight reports and commentary of developments; and
  • assisting senior analysts (operational researchers, statisticians, social researchers, business analysts) on wide scale operational improvements.

This is an exciting time to join the team as the Analysis and Research team builds and develops its capacity as a core HR analytics team. The successful candidate will support our high profile work with a range of data collection, data science, and data management duties, helping to improve our business and to deliver value for our customers and for the citizen. The ideal candidate will have the opportunity to develop skills and experience as they deliver data-analytic outputs, data storage, visualisation and utilisation across diverse teams and service lines.

The Analysis and Research team also undertakes analysis and evaluation work for Civil Service Learning (CSL) and the Leadership Academy. CSL manages some of the largest learning and development contracts in the UK which provide learning for the entire Civil Service, so this work has far-reaching impacts. The postholder may also work in this area, analysing trends in demand and performance to optimise services and hold our suppliers to account, and helping to meet key Civil Service reform aims for increasing capability of staff.

About You

You will have educational or previous experience of working with large datasets to a high standard of accuracy and reliability. You will have a good understanding of the use of data and statistics and will be able to communicate using appropriate styles to maximise understanding and impact of data.

Preferably, you will have experience of using one or more specialist software programs to a high level (e.g. MS Excel, SQL, R, Python, Tableau, Power BI or other data visualisation software), and may have some experience in coding and/or programming to deliver automated solutions.


To apply you must meet the Government Operational Research Service educational requirement, which is a numerate degree (minimum 2:1, or a 2:2 with relevant work experience or a postgraduate qualification). At least 50% of your degree must be from a highly numerate subject, examples of which include: operational research, mathematics, physics, econometrics, engineering, applied statistics, computer science or equivalent. Please include modules covered in the qualifications section of the application.



  • Numerate degree - see Qualifications.
  • Data processing, analysis, and manipulation skills.
  • Statistical or mathematical modelling skills
  • Good communication, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Strong Excel skills (i.e. vlookups, index/match etc.).


  • Coding and programming (e.g. R, Python).
  • Data visualisation (e.g. Power BI, Tableau, QlikSense etc.)

Business Area

Statistics/Analytical/Digital/Operational Research/Business Intelligence/Management Information

Civil Service competency framework details.

Person Specification

The role is available on level transfer, or on promotion.

Closing Date: TBC

Selection Process Details

Please apply by no later than TBC. The sift is scheduled for TBC, and interview dates are provisionally scheduled for TBC.

The interview will involve a technical data analysis exercise in Excel, followed by a behavioural based interview, covering the following five behaviours:

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivery at Pace
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing

More information on the technical data analysis exercise will be provided to candidates invited to interview after shortlisting has taken place.

Please note: You should never need to provide bank account details or any other financial information, or make any form of payment, when applying for a job. If you are ever asked to do this by a recruiter on our site please contact us with the advertiser's company name and the title of the job vacancy.