Home Office

Data Scientist

Job description

Reference number



£30,817 - £38,558
National: £30,817 min, £33,899 max London: £35,054 min, £38,558 max London Provincial: £32,173 min, £35,389 max


Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

HO - Digital Data and Technology

Type of role

Architecture and Data
Information Technology
Operational Research

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time, Compressed Hours

Number of posts



Croydon Lunar House / Liverpool The Capital / Manchester - Soapworks / Sheffield Vulcan House

About the job


The Home Office is a major government department, at the front line of keeping citizens safe and the country secure since 1782. The Home Office leads on immigration and passports, refugee protection, counter-terrorism, policing, fire services, and crime and drugs policy.

The operational data science team sits at the heart of the Home Office’s transformation into a data driven department, within Data Services and Analytics (DSA), one of the most advanced data analytics centres in government. Our team consists of over 30 data scientists, coming from a range of professions and backgrounds.

You will be responsible for helping build and deliver business-critical analytical data products used across the Home Office. Our success depends on our ability to exploit the latest technologies to create secure, resilient products and solutions which can drive everyday operations and decision making.

For more details about our ways of working and how our work fits into the Home Office and its digital department please refer to the candidate information slide pack attached at the end of the job advert.

Job description

We are looking for data scientists who are curious at heart and enjoy solving problems. You will be a team player and take ownership of the projects, features and services your team looks after and above all you will want to support our mission to transform the critical systems we look after.

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary agile team, alongside other digital roles such as data engineers, software developers, testers, user researchers, designers and product managers. You will have access to our fully supported secure development environment, where we typically use Python and other open-source tools, with Git for version control and effective collaboration. You will benefit from a range of training opportunities, from more traditional access to online courses and resources, to hackathon events and pair programming.


A professional qualification is not required to apply for this role.

If interested, candidates will have the option to be badged as analysts for the government operational research or statistical professions (GORS or GSG).

Existing civil servants from GORS or GSG will be able to maintain their professional badging if applying on transfer level, or to apply for a higher level if applying on promotion.

If you are interested please contact us for further details, and we can set up appropriate arrangements at interview stage to cover the badging part.
GORS or GSG badging can also be obtained following appointment.

Recruitment and Retention Allowance

This post is eligible for DDaT or analytical RRA. Successful candidates with exceptional skills and experience may apply for a Recruitment Retention Allowance between £500 and £4,000. This allowance is subject to an initial review within six months of taking up the post and thereafter an annual review in line with departmental priorities and could be reduced or withdrawn at any time.


Croydon location is only available to existing Croydon based Home Office DDaT staff, due to limitations on headcount at this site.


At any given time you will work on a project of high political exposure, value or complexity and you will:

  • Engage with senior stakeholders and, together with senior data scientists, get their buy-in for our analytical solutions, influencing operational and strategic decisions.

  • Work with other data scientists to plan and implement the agreed solutions, using a range of data science tools and techniques, with the appropriate level of scrutiny (from proof-of-concept models to fully integrate a model pipeline into a product front-end).

  • Research best practices for data science implementations (coding, testing, documentation, etc.), promote and apply them in your project.

  • Contribute to the vision for the department data infrastructure and data science pipeline, implementing ways to improve the efficiency and quality of the products.

  • Be engaged with, and actively contribute to, the data science community.

  • Adhere to core data science ethical frameworks, such as the Data Ethics Framework (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/data-ethics-framework/data-ethics-framework-2020).

  • Build and keep up to date your data science expertise through a wide range of projects and training opportunities.

Essential Criteria

You will have demonstrable passion for data science, with the following skills or some experience in:

  • Researching a range of analytical methodologies to tackle a given problem, and identifying the most appropriate one with a documented rationale.

  • Applying data science techniques to analyse data, provide insights and solve problems in a real-world or academic setting (e.g. machine learning, network analysis, data matching, information retrieval, and text analytics).

  • Using at least one programming language to deliver analytical output (e.g. python).

  • Awareness of version control and testing strategies.

  • Clearly communicating findings and recommendations, using media tailored to the audience.

Desirable Criteria

Ideally you will also have the following skills or some experience in:

  • Picking up new technologies relevant to the data manipulation, data analytics and visualisation domain.

  • Cloud-based technologies.

  • Awareness of Analytical Quality Assurance (AQA), data handling, security and privacy best practices.

  • Working with suppliers and stakeholders across all grades, developing data science solutions to support their decisions.

  • Working in multidisciplinary agile teams.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Achieving impact with analysis
  • Analytics


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension

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