Vacancy -- Statistics Undergraduate Student Placement x3

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Health and Social Services
Statistical Services
Team Band - £19,240 - £22,500
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Fixed term
50 weeks
To be confirmed

Purpose of Post:

The purpose of the role is to provide support for Knowledge and Analytical Services in respect of statistical needs and projects.

Key tasks:

  • Preparation of statistical publications and ministerial briefs
  • Preparation of statistical tables and charts to help illustrate messages in data, and extraction of key points
  • Data manipulation, including extraction of specific items of data from larger datasets and cross-tabulation of these data
  • Answering requests for data from a variety of internal and external sources
  • Supporting data management, including efficient storage of data
  • Liaison with and support to providers in collecting and validating data

Development opportunities:

The successful candidates will obtain a wide experience of statistical work, learning about the environment in which data are managed and statistics are produced. The post-holder will work closely with and be mentored by experienced statistical staff and have access to specific and on-the-job training, for example in respect of desktop IT skills such as MS-Excel, MS-Access and SAS.

Closing Date:

11/11/2019, 16:00

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing its bilingual workforce, and welcomes applications for any post from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Competency behaviours required for the role


Express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, and with sensitivity and respect for others.

Collaborating and Partnering

Proactively contribute to the work of the whole team.

Delivering at Pace

Work in an organised manner using own knowledge and expertise to deliver on time and to standard.

Making Effective Decisions

Think through the implications of own decisions before confirming how to approach a problem/issue. 

Job specific criteria

Ability to develop and apply knowledge in the collection and analysis of data and the production of statistical outputs, including ability to apply appropriate statistical techniques.
A good working knowledge of at least one statistical package or programming language (e.g. MS-Excel, SAS, SPSS, R, VBA, Python).
An undergraduate university student studying for a degree in a numerate discipline (such as statistics, mathematics, economics, psychology or geography) whose degree contains a statistical element.

Other Information

How to Apply:



Please email requesting a link if you have a paper copy of this advert.

As part of the application process you will need to provide evidence against each of the required competencies and job specific criteria stated in this advert (up to a maximum of 300 words per competency / criterion):

  • Leading and Communicating
  • Collaborating and Partnering
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Job Specific 1
  • Job Specific 2
  • Job Specific 3

As a guide, we recommend that you aim to write 250 to 300 words for each. Using the “STAR technique” may help you to structure your evidence. For Job Specific 3 it is sufficient to state the name of your degree scheme and list the statistical elements you have studied.

We encourage all applicants to browse our website to understand the work that we do and the types of statistical publications they may be involved in producing.

Candidates who successfully pass the application sift stage will be assessed via a written numeracy test and a competency-based interview, covering the competencies and job specific criteria listed in this advert. It is not expected that candidates need to revise for the numeracy test.

Rachel Lloyd - - 03000 253357

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

This vacancy is closed to applications.