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Senior Research Officer (SRO) or Methodologist, or Senior Statistical Officer (SSO)

Summary Information for vacancy - reference Ras2011_SEOSpecialists


Office for National Statistics


£32754 - £38668 Per Annum


PO15 5RR, Fareham, Hampshire, South East

Closing Date

22 June 2011

Interviews start

04 July 2011




Middle management

Pay frequency


Appointment Terms

Fixed-term contract

Working Arrangement

Full time

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work

Economics, Operational Research, Social Research/Market Research, Statistics

Brief Description

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the government department responsible for collecting and publishing official statistics about the UK’s society and economy.

Any research specialist or statistician will tell you how important the 2011 Census will be. Now that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have collected the data, we need to prepare and analyse the results ready to present all the statistics, reports and research to government, the public sector and commercial organisations. Join the team of researchers and statisticians that are undertaking this exciting statistical operation.


Vacancy description

Working on the Census or Beyond 2011 programmes, as an SRO or Methodologist, you will be working to either:
a) manage and carry out the statistical processing steps, analysis or quality assurance of the collected census data as it is delivered to ONS. These steps prepare the data for outputs, ensuring that the resulting statistics are fit for purpose. Evaluation of these stages will also be carried out. This might involve analysing data issues, applying statistical methods or analysis of demographic trends and patterns.
b) address the issue of how, in the future after the 2011 Census, ONS data will meet users needs for data on the range of topics currently covered by the Decennial Census of Population and Housing. Across the branch this will cover the full range of statistical options, including administrative register based options or survey based options.

Language Skills



1a. (For Beyond 2011 posts) Assisting the design and/or assessment of (alternative) methods of producing data currently collected from the Census.
1b, (For posts in Census or Methodology) Manage the running and analysis of statistical processing steps to process the census data, including ad-hoc research and analysis across a wide range of topics and processes.
2. Managing research staff
3. Preparation, assessment, analysis, and manipulation of data.
4. The use of SAS software in undertaking the above. (Some but not all posts will require this.)
5. To produce supporting information for statistical research or outputs, such as metadata and operational and quality documentation
6. To report findings and recommendations of analysis and research in a clear and concise way eg giving presentations, briefings and writing papers
7. Liaise closely with other staff in the immediate work area and other areas across ONS, such as Beyond 2011, Methodology and Census, to share knowledge and build on existing expertise
8. Undertake personal development.



At least a second class honours degree in a numerate discipline, or equivalent knowledge gained through work experience or other means, or a postgraduate qualification that contains an element of numerate research and analysis - Essential

A degree in a topic that included statistical, demographic or quantitative social research techniques, or equivalent knowledge gained through work experience or via other means - Desirable


Experience of carrying out complex statistical, econometric, analytical or mathematical research work. Essential
Experience in manipulation and analysis of data and presenting research results. Essential
Computer literate, with experience of working with a variety of software, including experience of or aptitude for statistical software Essential
Experience and ability to coach staff in using SAS and writing SAS code and other Statistical software Desirable
Managing staff or a team, including taking responsibility for the team's output. Essential
Written and verbal communication skills, with experience of a range of formats and audiences Essential
Ability to manage and deliver to time and quality discrete pieces of research or statistical work Essential
Knowledge of and preferably experience with one or more of: Census; Household Surveys; use of administrative data; data matching techniques. Desirable
Knowledge of and preferably experience of demographic work. Desirable
Knowledge of and preferably experience of one or more of survey sampling; regression; statistical modelling. Desirable

Further information

CRB check required - Yes

Regulated by OCSC - Yes

Reserved for existing civil servants - No

Reserved for UK nationals - No

How to apply

Please complete application form part 1 & part 2 by noon on 22th June 2011 and return it to: quoting reference: Ras2011_SEOSpecialists

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