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Are you passionate about producing statistics for decisions makers to use to improve our society?

The ONS undertakes some of the largest UK social and business surveys such as the Labour Force Survey, to understand many different aspects of society and we need your help with our work.

We have a range of opportunities you can get involved with as a social researcher including questionnaire design, primary research, qualitative and quantitative analysis

Our outputs range from estimating the size, distribution and characteristics of the population including migration: analysis of health, inequalities, crime and much more to paint a picture of the UK on which to base decisions for the future.

We’ve never been so busy and if you want to play your part in shaping the future then now is a fantastic time to join us.

As one of our Senior Research Officers you'll join the Government Social Research (GSR) profession for social researchers working in government. It is one of the seven professional groups Analysis Function.


Roles may include some of the following:

  • Production and publication of high-quality national statistics
  • Discrete pieces of analysis to provide context and understanding around statistical outputs
  • Development of new methods, production systems and dissemination to make sure we meet data users’ changing needs
  • Leading and conducting qualitative research (including focus groups, cognitive interviewing, pop-up research, usability testing and so on) with the public and analysis of findings
  • Leading on the designing and development of questionnaires for social and economic surveys (suitable for paper, telephone, face-to-face and online self-completion) using qualitative research methods
  • Management of researchers and building their capability
  • Helping customers (including government departments) make the best use of our statistics through answering their questions on standard outputs or conducting additional analysis
  • Assisting with research to understand administrative datasets and how they can be used in the production of official statistics
  • Contributing to quality assurance and production of statistical publications and research reports
  • Reporting findings through presentations, at ‘show and tell’ meetings, and through papers to a variety of audiences, both in the UK and internationally
  • Liaising closely with other colleagues across ONS to share knowledge and develop expertise
  • Using specialist statistical software to support this research
  • Survey design and management

As an ONS employee we offer you:

  • Hybrid working in an organisation voted top in the UK for work-life balance
  • A market leading pension scheme - our employer contribution rate is around 27%
  • A choice of working patterns *for every role* full-time, part-time, job-share.
  • Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of 26 weeks full pay (subject to qualifying criteria)
  • Employee Assistance Programmes
  • Diversity Network Groups
  • Mental Health Allies
  • Civil Service Sports and Social club
  • Generous holiday allowance – 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years service in addition to 9 public holidays

For more information about this role, a full application pack, and to apply, please follow the APPLY link to Civil Service Jobs

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Newport, Fareham, Darlington


South East, Wales, North East

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Preferred Degree Subjects


Classical Studies

Teaching and Education



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