Statisticians are growing in demand at DfT as they deliver analysis, evidence and research to help  make better decisions on the UK’s transport system. This analysis is key to supporting everyone in the UK by ensuring that policy and operations deliver value for money and improve people’s lives.

The Department for Transport’s (DfT) analytical community are a diverse group of around 200 to 300 analysts spanning the government analytical professions. As one of our highly valued statisticians, you’ll be in one of these six diverse professions, using your high-quality transport statistics to provide the strong evidence we need for improving outcomes across the country.

Are you passionate about numbers? Do you have great IT skills? Here, you’ll have the opportunity to showcase your recognised professional standards to ensure the quality and integrity of your work.

We’re looking for people who can engage with policy customers in the Department, and look forward to working with other analysts. If this describes you, we urge you to join us at DfT to help us shape the way we respond to an increasingly data-hungry world. The numbers you produce will be at the heart of the stories that affect our everyday lives.

What you could be doing

As part of the Statistics profession, you’ll use your analytical mindset to tackle big issues. You’ll use a range of data sources and techniques to produce official statistics, to provide policy analysis and interpretation, and provide statistical advice to improve understanding and help decision-making.

Your work will involve a combination of:

  • collection and analysis of data and the publication of statistics; including taking early responsibility of work strands to develop your leadership and technical capability.
  • research into new data sources, methodologies and techniques to improve statistical outputs.
  • user engagement: identifying customer needs and ensuring research is fit for purpose.
  • working with policy teams to provide evidence-based analysis demonstrating your leadership and capability.
  • data science roles: finding new ways to extract value from data, and taking personal responsibility.

Roles available in the Statistics field:

  • Statistical Officer
  • Higher Statistical Officer
  • Senior Statistical Officer
  • Principal Statistician
  • Senior Principal Statistician
  • Principal Statistician
  • Senior Principal Statistician
  • Chief Statistician
  • Profession Agnostic Role
  • Technical Specialist

You can find out more about what a career as a DfT Statistician might entail by looking at the Analysis Function Career Framework.

What our Statisticians say about working for DfT

Kelly Hewitt, Data Science Manager at DVSA.

“A typical day involves meeting with stakeholders to discuss their data science requirements, extracting data to build data models using various tools and presenting the data back to the business to inform decision making…” – Kelly Hewitt, Data Science Manager, DVSA

Does the Statistics Profession sound like the opportunity you have been waiting for? Visit Working for the Department for Transport to see what vacancies we currently have available. We look forward to welcoming you on board.