Research Officer Scheme

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DEADLINE 20th March 2024
Birmingham | Bristol | Cardiff | Darlington | Edinburgh | Glasgow | Leeds | Liverpool | London | Manchester | Newcastle upon Tyne | Pontypridd | Salford | Sheffield | Treforest | Wolverhampton
£31,120 - £34,410

Do you want to build a meaningful career as a government social researcher, working on some of the UK's most important issues? Then apply to our Research Officer Scheme.  

What would I do on the Research Officer Scheme?  

We are looking for graduates who want to make a difference to society. If successful, you would join the UK Government as a Research Officer. 

As a Research Officer working in the Civil Service, you would contribute to analyse social trends, develop government policy, and evaluate how policies make a difference to public services.   

Your work might involve developing surveys, analysing data, producing statistics, reviewing existing research evidence, and working with other analysts in government to provide timely and relevant briefings for policy colleagues and ministers.  

As a Research Officer, you would join a vibrant community of over 2,500 social research professionals working across more than 30 government departments and agencies. 

Where would I work?  

This year, we have opportunities available in the following locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Salford, Sheffield, Treforest (Pontypridd) and Wolverhampton. 

How much would I get paid?  

Salaries vary according to department and location so please check the job descriptions for details. This is the minimum you would be paid: London: £34,410 / Nationwide: £31,120. 

What are the benefits to joining the GSR Research Officer Scheme?  

There are so many benefits to working in the Civil Service. Here are just a few:   

  • Meaningful work that makes a difference to society   
  • Wide range of government departments   
  • Opportunities across the UK   
  • Flexible working    
  • 25 days annual leave (+8 public holidays)   
  • Competitive pension scheme   
  • Inclusive working environment 

Join our online Q&A session  

We will be hosting two virtual Q&A sessions where you will be able to hear from some of our current Research Officers and ask any questions you may have about the job and recruitment process. These will take place on the following dates and joining details are on the application webpage:  

Tuesday 5 March 2024,12.00 to 13.00pm 
Monday 11 March 2024,12.00 to 13.00pm  

Who is eligible for the Research Officer Scheme? 

GSR members come from a range of social science related backgrounds. There are two entry routes into the Research Officer Scheme: 

Qualification Route 

This is for those with, or expecting to receive, a 2:2 or above undergraduate degree in a relevant subject which contains at least 30% social research methods; or a 2:2 in any subject with a postgraduate degree in a relevant subject. Relevant subjects are defined in the candidate pack on the application page. You must check your eligibility against the full criteria within the candidate pack. 


Experience Route 

This route is for those with an undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above in any subject. In addition, you must have at least 4 years social research practice experience and be able to provide evidence of the required skills and experience. You must check your eligibility against the full criteria in the candidate pack on the application page. 

About Government Social Research 

We are the professional body for social researchers in the Civil Service. Our social researchers study and analyse various aspects of society, such as people’s behaviour, opinions, and needs. This then helps the government make informed decisions.   

We recruit students, graduates, and apprentices to work in over 30 government departments and agencies across the UK, from the Ministry of Justice to the Office for National Statistics.  

 With over 2,500 members working across government, you will be joining an established community of social research professionals, getting access to all the training, networking, and access opportunities that come with being part of a social research community that has a diverse array of experiences and professional knowledge. 

DEADLINE 20th March 2024