Better analysis, better delivery for the UK

Integration of analytical techniques and scientific methods into the business of government, helps achieve better outcomes for decision makers, and the public. That is why analysts are needed and based in every government department.

The scale of data available about our society and economy is growing at an unprecedented pace. Alongside the technological changes which provide greater opportunities for analysis, there is an insatiable demand for our analytical services.

Three Analysis Profession Team Members in Conversation
Two Analysis Profession Team Members

Collectively, we are already a community of over 15,000 professionals who work on projects which make a difference to the public, like: using analytical and scientific models to target interventions for influenza and other health areas; collecting and analysing data on our economy to evaluate decisions on government spending.

We're ambitious: we're passionate about putting analysis and evidence at the heart of decision making, because everyone regardless of their professional background knows what good analysis and evidence looks like. We'll support your professional development through a bespoke learning and development programme to broaden and deepen your skills. You'll also have the opportunity for mentoring (and to become a mentor yourself) to help you identify your long-term goals within the profession.

Our Community

The world of analysis is changing rapidly. The data available about our society is growing while technological changes provide greater opportunities for analysis, research and evidence. Government analysts support government to make better decisions on policy and operations, to deliver value for money, and improve the lives of the people of the UK.

Analysts belong to specific professions within the Civil Service. As a member of one of the analytical professions you will have access to professional training and development opportunities and join a vibrant, cross-government community dedicated to delivering research, evidence and advice to a consistent, professional standard.

Thannima Shamoli

I enjoy my work - it is not only intellectually challenging but it also requires creative problem solving. There is a supportive culture and opportunities to get involved in work that has real-world impact.

Thannima ShamoliJunior Trainee Actuary, Government Actuary's Department

A career by numbers

Our seven member professions offer a variety of entry routes, including apprenticeships and the analytical Fast Stream schemes. You can learn more about these routes through our member websites.

The career framework for our members describes each profession and their roles.

We are:

  • analysts in the digital and data profession
  • actuaries
  • economists
  • operational researchers
  • social researchers
  • statisticians and data scientists
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