Looking for first-rate job opportunities in the North East – as well as other locations across the UK?

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DWP siteAs someone who moved to the North East many years ago never thinking they’d be the career opportunities to stay long term, it doesn’t come as a surprise to me when researchers keen to remain here, are concerned about limiting their career prospects if they stay, so it’s always good to share opportunities that help to address this concern and show that higher education isn’t the only place that values higher level research and analytical skills.

Based in Newcastle, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) through the Civil Service Analytical Fast Stream, currently has a number of opportunities available in Economics, Operational Research and Statistics for those with a desire to make a real impact on the efficiency of government services. These are development roles available to graduates holding a minimum of a 2:1 in a relevant analytical degree, who meet all eligibility criteria. As a DWP analyst, you can make a huge difference throughout your career, progressing to senior grades and influencing current and future government welfare policy that will transform lives.

The Civil Service is one of the largest graduate recruiters of analysts in the country, and the Department for Work and Pensions is amongst the largest recruiter across government, with a vibrant community of each analytical profession working to deliver a challenging set of welfare reforms. If you attended the presentation last September by the Chief Scientific Officer Sir Mark Walport, you’ll already know that many fast streamers hold postgraduate qualifications and postgraduate research experience is an excellent foundation for fast stream roles.

The Analytical Fast Stream recruitment opened on 16th February 2015, and will remain open until 7th April 2015. More details about the Analytical Fast Stream and the professions, including how to apply, can be found on the Civil Service Fast Stream website. On success you become a member of your analytical professional body, for example the Government Statistical Service, which provides a range of further learning opportunities to support you throughout your Civil Service career.

Other Civil Service jobs, outside of the Analytical Fast Stream, are advertised throughout the year on Civil Service Jobs. You can set up an account on the site and register to receive job alerts for the departments and professions in which you’re interested. Both the Fast Stream and the Civil Service Jobs website provide possible routes into the Department for Work & Pensions.

If you have any questions about analyst positions with DWP then please feel free to contact Penny.Sinclair@dwp.gsi.gov.uk. Please note Penny is on annual leave from 20th February to 8th March, so if you have any questions during that period then you can contact the main DWP analyst careers email address analyst.careers@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

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