Statistics in Scotland: recruitment

Information on vacancies, benefits and requirements for a job in statistics.

You can find current vacancies in statisics on

About Us

Our statisticians work across a wide range of areas and cover many different topics including Scotland’s economy and employment levels; the health of our nation and the NHS; Educational attainment; Justice; Communities and Transport. Our statisticians are involved in planning and managing data collections; undertaking statistical analysis; preparing statistical outputs and publications; and working with users and providers to ensure statistical needs are met efficiently and effectively. Our statisticians also work closely with researchers and economists to add value to government decision making and support the development of Government policies.

You can read more about working as a statistician in the Scottish Gocvernment on our blog. 

About You

Our Statistical positions are for you, if you’re bright, motivated and creative and want to use your talents to help make a difference to the lives of the people of Scotland.  The Scottish Government works to make Scotland a more successful country and a better place to live. Having the right people producing and communicating powerful analysis is vital to helping us achieve this.

Qualifications Required

You should have, or be expected to obtain, one of the following:

  • A minimum of a 2:2 degree in a numerate discipline such as mathematics, economics, psychology or geography. Your degree should contain some formal statistical training.
  • A PhD or Masters Degree which contains a high level of statistics or numerate content.

We also welcome applications from candidates who do not have a degree in a numerate discipline but can demonstrate significant experience in a statistics related field, plus continuing professional development in a relevant area that leads to qualifications (for example the new Open University Professional Certificate in Practical Statistics).

As well as having statistical competencies, you will also need to demonstrate the ability to work with other people, achieve results, and communicate effectively.

Rewards and Benefits

We know that a benefits package isn't just about salary. That's why we've developed a comprehensive range of rewards, initiatives and policies that recognise your achievements, build on your skills and help you find a healthy work/life balance.

From a competitive pension scheme, generous holiday allowance and highly regarded flexible working options, childcare vouchers, season-ticket loans for your travel to work and our Employee Assistance Programme offering advice on a variety of issues, we'll ensure that you're well looked after.
Of course, working with us gives you the chance to make the sort of impact that's rare with any other organisation in Scotland. Here you can contribute to decisions which are vital to Scotland, and play a part in developing and influencing the policies that touch all our lives - and which can shape history.

Key benefits include:

  • Starting salary of £25,367 for a B1 Assistant Statistician and for a B2 Assistant Statistician, £29,759.
  • Choice of pension.
  • Flexible working patterns.
  • 25 days’ annual leave, plus public and privilege holidays.
  • Our commitment to diversity and equal opportunities
  • We are an equal opportunities employer. This means:
    • We aim to treat everyone – staff, colleagues from other organisations, members of the public – fairly, and with respect.
    • We believe that our workforce should reflect the people of Scotland in all its diversity, character and culture.
    • We treat all staff equally, irrespective of sex, marital status, age, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief, working pattern, gender identity, caring responsibility or trade union membership.
    • We employ and promote people on the basis of their merit – their skills, aptitudes and attitude – nothing else.

Find out more

If you’re passionate about people, communities and public service, and you want to make a difference for the people of Scotland then look out for opportunities advertised at: http://www.for current vacancies in statisics on 

If you wish to be considered for temporary, fixed term appointments that may arise in the Statistics Group then please submit your up to date CV to:


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