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Join our Government Social Research Fast Stream

A career in the Government Social Research (GSR) involves working at the heart of government – ensuring ministers and policy makers have the data to understand social issues, and helping evaluate the policy responses to them.

Location: Nationwide

What you will be doing

The award-winning Fast Stream is the leadership development programme that develops the highest potential graduates to become the future leaders of the Civil Service. Joining the Fast Stream offers the unique opportunity to make a difference to the whole of society. The Civil Service supports the government of the day to implement its policies effectively. Fast Streamers help to shape the decisions that will affect everyone’s lives and to deliver the public services that we all rely on.

Research underpins all policy made by government on areas such as health, crime, work, pensions, education and transport – in fact everything that affects us as the people of the UK. GSR has members in all the main government departments as well as the devolved administrations and other government bodies.

You’ll contribute to the reporting of social trends, the development of government policy and evaluation of 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, relevant and robust briefings for policy colleagues and ministers.

You will also receive training on the GSR Fast Stream, including: 

  • • Access to welcome event and a series of induction courses.
  • • Access to a programme of cross-government events and conferences.
  • • Access to a range of high quality training courses to develop your Social Research professional skills and wider leadership and management skills
  • • Joining a network of GSR and assess to Civil Service/GSR mentors support (if desired).

What you will have

You can choose up to 4 scheme preferences when you apply to the Fast Stream. So, whether you are looking for your first graduate role, seeking to return to work, or change profession, the Fast Stream is the ideal place to progress a meaningful, fulfilling career.

We support applicants with health conditions, learning difficulties and disabilities, with their applications and through their Civil Service careers. We operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme. If you have a disability and meet the minimum qualifying criteria for your chosen scheme, you may choose to skip part of the first stage of the assessment process.

  • You have a minimum 2:1 in your undergraduate degree, or 2:2 with a postgraduate degree, in a social science subject. A qualifying social science subject is one which contains substantial social research methods training (comprising around one third of modules taken in the course) including quantitative research methods and three of the following: systematic/literature reviews; qualitative methods; interpretation of data and presentation of results; study design and hypothesis testing; and application of ethics to research.
  • You have eligibility to work within the UK.

Company benefits: Minimum starting salary of £27,000. Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, child care vouchers and more

Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Civil Service Fast Stream

We are very proud to be voted No 1 Graduate Employer of Choice in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers. We are also Graduate Employer of Choice for the Public Sector and our HR scheme.

  

What we do

Our work impacts every aspect of society and our organisation is built on a culture where people genuinely matter. Over 400,000 staff work across the UK, contributing to professions as diverse as: Finance, Diplomacy, Health, Human Resources, Communications, Digital, Science and Technology.

Civil servants are united by a strong sense of purpose. And our enduring values – integrity, honesty, impartiality and objectivity – run through everything we do.

What is it like to work in the Civil Service?

The Fast Stream is an award-winning graduate leadership development programme. We offer structured development, with a choice of 15 schemes, each within a profession and the opportunity to experience multiple government departments.

Fast Streamers benefit from flexible working that enables work-life balance and a competitive salary. The minimum starting salary is between £27,000 - £28,000 with salary progression on the scheme and earnings potential on completion, of £45,000-£55,000. Vibrant face-to-face and virtual networks create social opportunities around work, such a sporting activities, special interest groups and events. The community actively supports one another and life-long friendships are frequently formed.

What type of person do we look for?

There is no typical Fast Streamer. People from all ages, cultures and backgrounds thrive on the programme. So whether you are looking for your first graduate role, seeking to return to work, or change profession, the Fast Stream is the ideal place to progress a meaningful, fulfilling career.

Each Fast Streamer’s journey is based on an agreed and unique personal development plan that will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience to be a confident, inspiring and engaging future leader.

  

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