About the job
• Are you outgoing and confident?
• Are you independent and like managing your own work?
• Do you enjoy meeting and talking to people?
• Are you interested in finding out about people’s lives?
• Are you a good listener as well as a good communicator?
• Are you self-motivated and organised?
By joining the Office for National Statistics (ONS) as a Civil Servant carrying out official surveys you will be helping to inform Parliament about the state of the nation.
ONS is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK.
We are responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national and local levels. Our range of economic, social and population statistics are published in over 600 releases a year.
The data you collect will be invaluable to so many people in our country including the government and its agencies, citizens, charities, businesses, scholars and students.
Charities, for example, use ONS statistics to gather background information to enable them to improve the lives of people by understanding how they need to target and tailor their services.
We are accountable through the UK Statistics Authority to Parliament and the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and are therefore independent of Government Ministers.
You will work from your home address and will usually work within a reasonable daily travelling distance of approximately 40 mile radius or conduct interviews over the telephone.
All selected addresses receive a letter in advance from ONS so you will not be cold calling.
• Organise your own work.
• Visit / contact randomly selected addresses.
• Encourage people to take part in ONS surveys and make appointments, ask survey questions and record the answers on a laptop computer.
• Act as an ambassador for ONS and a guest at the respondent’s home. You must have the ability to conduct survey interviews (of variable length) where access to the address is difficult, for example in a block of flats and to perhaps travel long distances to reach addresses. This is a mandatory requirement of the position.
The contract on offer is for an Annualised Hours contract of 1144 hours per annum.
Your salary is paid monthly. The full-time equivalent (37 hours per week/1924 hours per annum) starting salary rate is £19,613
The actual salary is paid pro-rata; for this job it is £11,661 per annum.
In addition, there is a generous mileage allowance of up to 45 pence per mile.
• You will need to be flexible in your working hours to meet the needs of the public.
• You will need to be available to work varying hours at different times depending on workloads, including in the evening and on Saturdays when necessary.
• A car and a current valid UK Driving licence (inclusive of the rights of EU Nationals) are required for this role.
• A broadband internet connection at your home address is an operational requirement for this role. If you do not currently have a broadband connection at your home address, you must be prepared to have one installed prior to taking up an offer of employment.
• You will need to be proficient in the use of a computer and a smartphone, as you will be issued with a laptop and smartphone to help you manage your work.
• If your application is successful, you will need to apply for a Basic Disclosure Criminal Record Certificate and in addition we will carry out a 3 year employment history check.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Communicating and Influencing
• Paid mileage and expenses accruing from the time you leave home if applicable.
• Paid travelling time.
• Generous holiday allowance – pro rata based on 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service in addition to 9 days public holidays.
• Strong ethos of equality and diversity.
• Up to 3 days paid leave per year for voluntary opportunities.
• Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and statutory paternity leave of 2 weeks plus an additional week of departmental paternity leave all at full pay.
• Highly competitive contributory Civil Service Pension.
• Learning and development tailored to your role.
• A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options.
• A laptop and smartphone.