Chief Statistician

Home Office

London, UK

£70,000 - £95,000


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£70,000 - £95,000

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In this role you will be responsible for assuring the quality, timeliness and impact of the department’s statistical output, which includes over 100 National or Official Statistics publications each year, spanning the full range of Home Office business from crime and policing, to migration, to fire incidents, to terrorism. You will also be responsible for promoting the Code of Practice for Statistics within the Home Office and providing the Home Secretary and Ministers with authoritative advice on a wide range of statistical issues, notably the presentation of statistical information to inform both policy and operational decisions, and the appropriate use of Home Office statistics externally. This is a fast paced and high-profile role, requiring strong leadership, political awareness and sound technical expertise.

Job description

You will be a key senior member of Home Office Analysis and Insight (HOAI), the directorate which is home to 300+ professional analysts. You will support the Director of Analysis and Insight, and also the Chief Scientific Adviser, in transforming the way we use analysis to improve decision-making. You will build capability and support the various teams as well as be a dynamic leader for the whole analytical community. You will also be responsible for building and managing relationships with a wide range of partners, most notably the UK Statistics Authority, GSS and ONS. A key part of the role is to support innovation, which includes promoting data science in improving our statistics production and outputs.

As part of your role, you will lead the Fire, Licensing and Public Order Analysis Unit, a multi-disciplinary team of 25 spread across three sites. The unit includes the fire analysis programme – eight statisticians and social researchers working to support Home Office fire policy and the cross-government response to the Grenfell Tower fire, with a small team based in Hemel Hempstead responsible for the Fire Incident Recording System. The unit is also responsible for publications and analytical support on: alcohol licensing; firearms licensing; football arrests and banning orders; police use of firearms; police use of force; and animal scientific procedures, with a dedicated team of statisticians based in Croydon.

You will be expected to:

Provide authoritative advice to the Home Secretary, Ministers and department on statistical methods, accurate presentation and use of a wide range of National Statistics, Official Statistics, Experimental Statistics and management information;

Lead and develop a community of some 50 professional statisticians within the department and be a visible senior leader within the wider analytical community of around 350;

Act as Head of Profession for statistics, developing the capability of the department’s statisticians and being responsible for overseeing the Home Office’s statistical functions;

Promote accurate use of the Code of Practice for Statistics by policymakers and operational decision-makers within the Home Office.


You must be able to demonstrate their experience and skills against these essential criteria:

Strong technical expertise and demonstrable experience in statistical data collection, analysis and dissemination to support policy and operations. The Government Statistical Service Competency Framework ( will be used as the basis for assessment of statistical competence, with the Level 3 ‘Principal Statistician’ criteria the minimum statistical ability required for this role;

Strong leadership skills – including the ability to lead high performing teams, and to promote the effective use of statistical analysis to senior stakeholders;

Strong communication skills – including articulating complex technical information to influence Ministers and other senior decision makers, and to draw insights out of analysis;

Experience of setting direction for analytical work programmes which directly support strategic organisational objectives, working across boundaries so that the right people are involved to deliver;

The ability to deliver programmes at pace in complex, changing environments, whilst ensuring effective quality control and project management;

The ability to build influential networks and professional working relationships with colleagues, customers, and a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

Desirable key criteria

  • Experience of leading and managing analytical professionals to deliver and innovate;
  • Experience of leading a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Experience of advocating the use of data science techniques in the development of statistics and statistical production


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Rosie Jonsson at or 020 7035 5565.

To apply, please click on the apply button to visit our website.

Closing date: 11.55pm on Sunday 26 January 2020.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.


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