Working for the Office for National Statistics

The Office for National Statistics is entrusted with the public's data. We work on some of the country's most topical issues, from employment figures to migration statistics, and we are responsible for the ten-yearly census of every household in England and Wales.

Our reporting affects businesses and citizens across the nation

Our 5400 employees work in an exciting variety of roles and professions. We have colleagues who operate in the field nationwide engaging with the public, at ports, airports and in their homes, as well as colleagues who work flexible from our sites across the UK.

With offices in Newport, Titchfield, London, Darlington, Edinburgh and Manchester, we are a nationwide organisation, and are growing our regional footprint as part of the government Levelling Up strategy.

We are modern, technically focused and data driven - never has there been a more exciting time to join us. You can read about our organisational priorities and plans for the future in our “Statistics for the Public Good” strategy.

Glassdoor Places to work 2023

Our people are our greatest asset and are at the heart of everything we do. We understand how important an inclusive environment is - one where you can bring your authentic self to work. We are proud to have a range of diversity networks that support our inclusion ambitions and enable us to thrive.

We are committed to supporting our people’s wellbeing by offering flexible ways of working that support a healthy work life balance. Our recognition by Glassdoor as the top UK employer for work-life balance 2022 and as a Places to Work in 2023 employer recognises this commitment.

There are a range of highlights and benefits to joining the Office for National statistics, focused on health & wellbeing, work-life balance and value for money, with a world class civil service pension. You can find out more about them in our benefits pack attached to any of our vacancies.

Emma Lake

Since joining the Office for National Statistics (ONS) I gained a place on the ONS High Potential Programme. Through this I have developed new skills, been supported by a mentor and obtained a temporary promotion.

Emma LakePopulation Statistics Strategic Coordination and Briefing Lead
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Our data informs many aspects of UK life, from the number of schools to the base interest rate


We report metrics on the UK's progress towards the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals


We are recognised as having some of the greenest office sites across government


As a creator of 2021 Census data outputs and co-chair for ONS's LGBTQ+ employee diversity network, I want to use my experience as a queer individual to ensure we can support D&I wherever possible. I am so grateful to have been in supported in these aims through progression opportunities at ONS.

Alexis HoylandDelegate on first ever High Potential Programme course for HEO/SEO grades

Disability Confident Leader

Stonewall Diversity Champion

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Jobs that count

If you follow the news you'll have noticed the statistics we report appear almost daily. Whether it's the nation's employment figures, Covid Infection Survey information or mental health statistics. Join us and keep the nation informed on a wide range of topics affecting the economy, society and population. From analysis to administration, communications to policy and law, digital technology to field force, we work to deliver "Statistics for the Public Good"

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Our Data Science Campus is a purpose-built centre for excellence

We work at the frontier of data science and AI. Building skills and applying tools, we deliver methods and practices to create new understanding and improve decision-making.

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Informing the UK, Improving lives, Building the future

In the middle of 2020, the UK Statistics Authority embarked on its new five- year strategy, “Statistics for the Public Good”, Launched at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.