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Deputy National Statistician & Director General for Health, Population and Methods

Newport, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom, £ £ 120000.00-120000.00 Annual Annual, Permanent


Official statistics are for the benefit of our society and the economy generally. They allow the formulation of better public policy and the effective measurement of those policies; they inform the direction of economic and commercial activities; they provide valuable information for analysts, researchers, public and voluntary bodies; and they are a vital element of how government and policy makers evaluate their policies and are held to account.

The past year more than ever has highlighted the opportunities for greater collaboration across the analytical, research and policy communities to inform good policy decisions that can improve the lives of people across the UK. This challenging post has been critical throughout the pandemic in providing information needed by decision makers and the public, leading our work enabling the use of data at ONS and across the GSS to provide information on the population of the UK and its health.

This role will be key in driving a new era for ONS and the statistical system, leading the transformation of our population statistics into more frequent and granular data. This includes new and better statistics on migration, which have long been a challenge for the UK, even more so now that we are operating outside of the European Union (EU).

The seniority and focus of this post help equip ONS and government to better tackle the challenges associated with the necessary improvements in the publication of Health and Population analysis, as well as adding clout to the leading role in statistical and analytical methodology across the Government Analysis Function.

The role has three inter-linked dimensions:

  • to direct the continued development of health and population statistics at ONS, including the recommendation on the future of the Census in 2023;
  • to lead the coherence of the health and population statistics across the wider GSS and Analysis Function;
  • and be a key player in building strong strategic partnerships to catalyse new uses of data for policy development and service delivery.

We are an organisation that takes the well-being of its employees seriously and lives and breathes the desire to modernise the workplace of the future. Everyone, including our desk-based staff in Newport, Darlington, London and Titchfield, and our field interviewers and airports and ports passenger survey staff, are part of a diverse and inclusive family.

For a confidential conversation about the role, please contact our Executive Search Partner, Odgers Berndtson (Jemma Terry or Steffan Griffiths on or or

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The closing date is Tuesday 21st September 2021 at 11:55 pm.

Job Details

Full Time
Newport, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
£ £ 120000.00-120000.00 Annual Annual