Statistician (Band 3/SEO)

  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Bootle, UK
  • 01/12/2021
Full time Data Science Machine Learning Big Data Statistics

Job Description

Reference number



£39,334 - £45,864


Senior Executive OfficerBand 3

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

Fixed Term until March 2023 with the possibility of becoming permanent

Business area

HSE - Science Division (SD)

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



Bootle, Buxton, Leeds

About the job


Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role. We look forward to receiving your application
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Job description

This role will support the Building Safety Programme that has been established to make sure that residents of high-rise buildings are safe and feel safe, now and in the future.
As a Senior Statistical Officer you will be required to apply your statistical skills to innovate and solve problems in data management and analysis specifically with respect to the developing Building Safety Regulator being established within HSE.
The purpose of the role will be to use your problem solving and analytical skills to assess data about buildings from multiple sources, with the objective of synthesising data to support decisions on operational policy. You will play a key part in contributing to the HSE evidence base for the Building Safety Regulator and be expected to work with stakeholders across HSE, wider government and beyond. The role requires appropriate application of a range of statistical techniques, using statistical software and be able to explain your findings to varied audiences.
This is an exciting opportunity to support and influence high priority work within Government. Together with the widest range of health and safety specialists in Britain, you’ll be helping to protect thousands of people, whilst working in an inclusive environment where all our people can thrive and be themselves.
This role can be worked from any three of our offices. There will be a requirement to work from chosen office but we do also offer hybrid working, which means the availability to work from home will also be available.


  • Assessing the suitability of data for use within the Building Safety Programme
  • Application of statistical methods and analytical skills to generate evidence to support policy decisions
  • Working closely with programme leads and stakeholders to ensure that approaches are sensible, and outputs are in line with end user expectations
  • Presentation and visualisation of findings to key decision makers
  • Development of a suite of robust analytical outputs that will be used to provide ongoing support to the Building Safety Programme
  • Provision of one-off / rapid analyses to support the development of the programme

Essential Skills and Criteria

  • Familiarity with one of R , Stata or SPSS and a willingness to develop skills in all
  • Practical application of statistical analysis
  • Ability to communication at all levels to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Ability to successfully work as part of a project, defining and working to agreed deliverables and timeframes


  • A first or second-class honours degree (2:2 minimum) or equivalent in a subject containing formal statistical training (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography, Data Science or similar)
  • A higher degree, e.g. an MSc or PhD, in a subject containing formal statistical training (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography, Data Science or similar)
  • Experience of working in a statistical/data science field and are able to demonstrate continuous professional development (via a CPD Log Book) in statistics/data science to the same level as a foundation degree/HND (Level 5)
  • Have achieved or on track to achieve a Level 4 apprenticeship including at least 2 years in a statistical/data analysis field in Government and are able to demonstrate continuous professional development in statistics/data analysis (via a CPD Log Book signed off by a manager or mentor who are members of an analytical profession)

Please note candidates may apply in their final year of study whilst they are still awaiting their qualification result; however, formal contracts can only be offered upon confirmation of the achievement of the relevant qualification. In the case of an apprenticeship, this includes completing 2 years work experience in a statistical/data analysis field in Government as part of attaining the qualification.
Failure to provide this information will result in your application not being considered further.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving


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

We invest in our people with

  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Access to the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme to which HSE contribute 27.1% far more than in the private sector
  • Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career
  • 25 days annual holiday increasing to 30 days after 5 years' service, plus bank holidays and 1-day Civil Service privilege leave
  • Parental leave benefits: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay

This post is eligible for Excess Fares Allowance. A successful internal candidate currently based at another office may be entitled to Excess Fares Allowance in line with HSE policy (http://intranet/finance/expenses/excess-fares-allowance-policy.htm)