Data Scientist

  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • London, UK
  • 04/07/2022
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Data Management Biostatistics DevOps

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£35,310 - £45,018 a year
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£35,310 - £45,018
National £35,310 - £45,066 Inner London £39,957 - £45,108


Senior Executive Officer

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DWP - Digital

Type of role

Information Technology

Working pattern

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

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There are 4 roles which can be based in London and 1 role that can be based in Leeds. Please find further information on the Corporate hub locations here.

About the job


Would you love the opportunity to explore our wealth of data and use this to inform the customer journey?
Are you someone who is skilled at using a variety of programming languages or data science techniques to harness the power of data?
If so click that apply button now and join us a Data Scientist.
UC Data Scientists work closely with the cross-disciplinary development teams that are designing and delivering new features for the Universal Credit digital service. We use our expertise in UC datasets and data science techniques to ensure the development of the service is supported by data, helping to improve outcomes for UC claimants and DWP staff.

Job description

We exist to support service design and delivery of Universal Credit digital service. We use data and insights to support the Universal Credit programme’s main objectives, championing data-based decision making to improve outcomes for claimants. Our primary stakeholders include the design & build teams, and strategy teams that comprise of and support the Universal Credit programme.
Data Scientists are aligned to a specific team, working collaboratively with colleagues from a range of different digital professions to advocate for the use of data.
The work in this area is our “business as usual” activity, typified by the product development requests that are commissioned by our primary stakeholders, which include feature discovery & prioritisation, hypothesis testing, trial & feature evaluation and success measures.
In addition, Data Scientists are expected to contribute to the delivery of cross-cutting Data Science projects, aiming to develop our technical capabilities in areas such as machine learning, visualisation and experimentation.


The responsibilities are outlined in the job description above.
If you would like to learn more about the role, please contact
This job role may be suitable for hybrid working, which is where an employee works part of the week in their DWP office and part of the week from home. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and your office will be your contractual place of work. The number of days that anyone will be able to work at home will be determined primarily by business need but personal circumstances and other relevant circumstances will also be taken into account. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working, including whether a hybrid working arrangement is suitable for you, will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.


  • An employer pension contribution of up to 27% For further information please click here.
  • Annual leave rising up to 30 days, (based on your working pattern).
  • Family friendly flexible working arrangements, such as hybrid working, job sharing, term-time working, flexi-time and compressed hours.
  • Learning and development tailored to your role this could include industry recognised qualifications, coaching and mentoring.
  • An inclusive and diverse environment with opportunities to join staff networks including: Women’s Network, National Race Network, National Disability Network (THRIVE) and many more.
Salary Information

Salary for this role is from:
National: £35,310 (Band min) to £40,666 (Band max). Digital Allowance: £15,000 per annum
London: £39,957 (Band min) to £45,018 (Band max). Digital Allowance: £10,883 per annum
Where the maximum salary is offered, a Digital Allowance is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.
Our offer to successful candidates will be based on an assessment of your skills and experience as demonstrated at interview.
Existing Civil Servants who secure a new role on lateral transfer should maintain their current salary.
Existing Civil Servants who gain promotion may move to the bottom of the next grade pay scale or 10% increase in salary whichever would be the greater.

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Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Stage 1: Application
Your application will consist of three parts:
1. A Personal Details application form.
2. Your employment history detailing your responsibilities, skills, accomplishments, plus your qualifications and relevant training. Please copy this information into the box field provided.
3. Personal statement of no more than 750 words.
When giving details in your CV and personal statement you should highlight your experience in line with essential criteria below:
  • Academic background in Maths, Statistics, Computer Science or similar Data Science-related experience and aptitude.
  • Hands-on experience delivering innovative, data-driven solutions to solve business problems or improve established processes.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills and experience working with colleagues to understand their requirements and deliver complex analytical projects in a timely manner.
  • Being proactive in recognising opportunities to use Data Science to contribute to team or wider organisational priorities.
The sift panel will use the information in your employment history and personal statement to assess your experience, skills and knowledge against the essential criteria above.
For Hints and Tips on completing your application visit our blog Getting Hired at DWP Digital .
Important Information
  • You will be asked to complete your employment history any information that you would customarily share on a CV should therefore be entered onto the application form.
  • Personal details that could be used to identify you including your name, contact details and address must be removed for your application to be considered.
  • If your employment history/personal statement contains any personal details your application will be withdrawn.
Stage 2: Interview
If you’re successful at sift stage you will be invited to a video interview via Microsoft Teams. There, you will be assessed against the following experiences:
  • Hands-on experience delivering innovative, data-driven solutions to solve business problems or improve established processes.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills and experience working with colleagues to understand their requirements and deliver complex analytical projects in a timely manner.
  • Being proactive in recognising opportunities to use Data Science to contribute to team or wider organisational priorities.
You will be asked to do a short (5 -10 minutes) presentation on a specific topic. Further details will be provided to candidates invited to interview. The presentation will focus on the experience points listed below.
  • Ability to communicate results to a range of audiences, translating technical concepts into non-technical language where necessary.
  • Understanding of a range of data science techniques and the ability to apply these to practical situations.
  • Ability to explore, combine and transform data from across disparate sources, writing code in appropriate technologies that is testable and scalable.
You will also be asked to do a short (10 minutes) technical exercise on a specific topic. Further details will be provided to candidates invited to interview.
The technical exercise will focus on the following experience criteria: The technical exercise will focus on the following experience criteria: Experience of using R/Python/SQL.
Interviews will take place from mid-July onwards.
Sift and interview dates to be confirmed.
Further information:
A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.
Reserve list candidates will be posted in merit order by location.
You must meet the security requirements before you can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
For meaningful checks to be carried out individuals you will need to have lived in the UK for a sufficient period of time, to enable appropriate checks to be carried out and produce a result which provides the required level of assurance. Whilst a lack of UK residency in itself is not necessarily a bar to a security clearance, and expectation of UK residency may range from 3 to 5 years. Failure to meet the residency requirements needed for the role may result in the withdrawal of provisional jobs offers.
Any move to DWP from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at here
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.
In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.
A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.
If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.
Before applying for this vacancy, current employees of DWP should check whether a successful application would result in changes to their terms & conditions of employment, e.g. mobility, pay, allowances. Civil Servants that would transfer into DWP from other government organisations, following successful application, will assume DWP's terms & conditions of employment current on the day they are posted, unless DWP has stated otherwise in writing.
Reasonable Adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact DWP by email: HR.BUSINESSASSURANCE@DWP.GOV.UK. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission here to visit Civil Service Commission