Birmingham, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh, London, ManchesterAbout The Job
The responsibilities for the Department for Science, Innovation & Technology for 2023 are as follows:
- Positioning the UK at the forefront of global scientific and technological advancement.
- Driving innovations that change lives and sustain economic growth.
- Delivering talent programmes, physical and digital infrastructure and regulation to support our economy, security and public services.
- R&D funding.
For 2023, our priorities are:
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- Optimise public R&D investment to support areas of relative UK strength and increase the level of private R&D to make our economy the most innovative in the world.
- Promote a diverse research and innovation system that connects discovery to new companies, growth and jobs – including by delivering world-class physical and digital infrastructure (such as gigabit broadband), making the UK the best place to start and grow a technology business and developing and attracting top talent.
- Put our public services – including the NHS and schools – at the forefront of innovation, championing new ways of working and the development of in-house STEM capability to improve outcomes for people.
- Strengthen international collaboration on science and technology in line with the Integrated Review, and ensure our researchers are able to continue to work with leading scientists in Europe and around the world.
- Deliver key legislative and regulatory reforms to drive competition and promote innovation, including the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill, the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill and our pro-innovation approach to regulating AI.
- Pass the remaining stages of the reformed Online Safety Bill to keep British people, especially children, safe online.
We are building an inclusive culture to make the Department a brilliant place to work where our people feel valued, have a voice and can be their authentic selves. We value difference and diversity, not only because we believe it is the right thing to do, but because it will help us be more innovative and make better decisions.
We offer first-class flexible working benefits, excellent employee well-being support and a great pension. We are fortunate to have a range of excellent staff networks and are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader employer. We will support talented people from all backgrounds to build a career and thrive.
We actively welcome applications from anyone who shares our commitment to inclusion. We will fully support candidates with a disability or long-term condition who require adjustments in our recruitment process. Find Out More
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This Government sees data, and the use of data to drive growth, as one of its key priorities. The power of data in shaping real-world outcomes and the delivery of public services has only become more apparent through the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 9 September 2020 we published the National Data Strategy that sets out Government’s vision for data, and a series of actions and commitments to deliver that vision.
That Strategy, through its five priority Missions, now forms the implementation framework for our actions on this agenda. Evidence lies at the heart of our approach, whether through developing a methodology for more effectively valuing data, assessing and prioritising policy interventions, or monitoring and evaluating the success of our approach in delivering against the opportunities identified in the Strategy.
This is an exciting opportunity to join an analytical team working across the Data Policy Directorate to provide insight and shape the data policy agenda. We are looking for someone who is passionate about this agenda and can bring their considerable analytical skills to addressing one of the most important challenges facing us today. This role is embedded in the Data Economy Innovation and Coordination team, looking at issues such as the value of data, safe data sharing in the economy and how to boost this for businesses and researchers. The analytical focus will be on defining the business case for intervening in the market through evidencing the outcomes of increased data sharing.
The data policy analysis team is part of the Digital and Tech Analysis Division and consists of six teams, each working closely with a single policy directorate. The team carries out a mix of research, regulatory analysis and M&E work, and is currently staffed by a mix of economists, operational and social researchers.Person specification
- Produce research reports and evidence base products for publication or policy dissemination.
- Understand and be able to communicate existing data valuation methodologies.
- Using programming and data analysis skills to wrangle large amounts of data to produce meaningful statistics.
- Understand Green Principles and how it applies to building a business case for data policy options.
- Be confidence in leading on workstreams with policy colleagues independently, to scope out evidence gaps.
- Actively present evidence and statistics to policy and use evidence to influence briefings, notes and submissions.
- Engage with analysts working across the data policy directorate to identify joint ventures and shared evidence.
- Analytically minded and open to programming, using software of choosing. Capable of extracting meaningful narrative and statistics from large datasets, to effectively influence decision making.
- Able to work flexibly in an evolving policy landscape and capable of familiarising with key policy documents and briefings on an ongoing basis.
- Ability to lead workstreams with policy independently and project plan delivery of analytical products.
- Awareness of the digital and data economy and the economic issues surrounding increased data use.
- Familiarity with Excel/R/PowerBi or statistical software of choosing.
- Experience working with policy on developing policy options.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Changing and Improving
- Communicating and Influencing
- Making Effective Decisions
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:Benefits
The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology offers a competitive mix of benefits including:
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- A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.
- Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme , with an average employer contribution of 27%.
- A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.
- An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.
- Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.
- A hybrid office/home based working model where staff will spend a norm of 40-60% of their time in the office (minimum of 40%) over a month with flex dependent on balancing business and individual need.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window) , and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement.
Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Please use your personal statement (in no more than 500 words) to explain your motivation for applying for this role and what personal skills, qualities and experiences you can bring to this role in reference to the essential requirements highlighted.
In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the CV.
Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.
The interview will consist of behaviour and technical questions. Interviewees will be asked to deliver a presentation; further details will be provided nearer the time. Sift and interview dates
subject to change
Sift dates: from 20th November 2023.
Interview dates: from 4th December 2023.
Interview Location: MS Teams.
Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process. Further Information
Please be aware the levels of national security clearance are changing which may impact on the level needed for this role by the time of appointment. All efforts will be made to keep candidates informed of any changes and what that will mean in terms of vetting criteria. For more information please See our vetting charter Reasonable Adjustment
We are proud to be a disability confident leader and we welcome applications from disabled candidates and candidates with long-term conditions.
We fully support adjustments throughout our recruitment process and we encourage candidates to discuss their adjustment needs by emailing the job contact which can be found under the contact point for applicants section.
We do not have an exhaustive list of adjustments that we support but just some examples include additional time to complete your application form, behaviour questions up to 72 hours prior to interview and having extra time at interview.
If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
A location based reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for 12 months. Should another role become available within that period you may be offered this position.
Please note terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.
Any move to the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
DSIT does not normally offer full home working (i.e. working at home); but we do offer a variety of flexible working options (including occasionally working from home).
DSIT cannot offer Visa sponsorship to candidates through this campaign. DSIT holds a Visa sponsorship licence but this can only be used for certain roles and this campaign does not qualify.
In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service/Disclosure Scotland on your behalf.
However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-EmploymentChecks.email@example.com stating the job reference number in the subject heading.
For further information on the Disclosure Scotland confidential checking service telephone: the Disclosure Scotland Helpline on 0870 609 6006 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email Info@disclosurescotland.co.uk
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.
A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government. Feedback
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.Security
Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check (opens in a new window) . See our vetting charter (opens in a new window) .
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.Nationality Requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
- UK nationals
- nationals of the Republic of Ireland
- nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
- nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
- nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
- individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
- Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window) .
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.Apply and further information
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment (opens in new window) .
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Job contact :
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