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South East + 3


Our Operational Researchers work together with key decision makers and managers to generate the most appropriate options for future action so that our statistics to inform better decisions . OR analysts use a range of analytical techniques, from detailed statistical analysis, simulation, and mathematical modelling through to facilitation and problem structuring so that they can explore problems and give objective advice.

If you would like to be a part of shaping big decisions that affect us all in the UK we would be pleased to hear from you.

Job description

Given the wide range of work we do the size of team of which you will be a part and the work you will be doing can vary, that said, you are likely to be part of a multi-disciplinary team of both analytical and non-analytical staff and have the opportunity to work in high profile statistical areas.

Operational Research is a growing analytical profession within ONS. As an OR analyst you will belong to the Government Operational Research Service (GORS), a cross-governmental profession with analysts working at 25 government departments and agencies.

ONS is dedicated to producing high quality analysis and statistics for the public good. As one of our OR analysts you will be uniquely placed to help achieve this aim and be equipped to tackle a new set of challenges offered by the changing environment for producing official statistics, such as, the greater use of administrative and Big Data.

You will be supported to achieve 100 hours continuous professional development per year and there are many core OR courses that you will have the opportunity to complete.

We also offer a wide variety of courses covering different elements of official statistics, coding, modules of post graduate qualifications in data science or official statistics and more general skills . You will be encouraged to arrange more informal job shadowing sessions, attend seminars and share knowledge with other OR analysts at ONS.


At ONS our operational researchers work in multi-disciplinary teams on projects such as:

  • Reviewing statistical outputs to ensure they meet world class standards and evolving user needs;
  • Engaging with analysts and customers within ONS and externally, in other public sector bodies, private sector and academic institutions;
  • Analysing administrative and commercial datasets, developing data linkage methodology, building models with a view for incorporating them into Official Statistics;
  • Using OR techniques, and problem solving, to conduct evidence-based analysis for policy queries;
  • Carrying out developments using analytical tools (such as Excel VBA, R, Python, SAS) in high profile statistical areas such as GDP;
  • Contribute to OR events and activities in ONS and GORS.

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