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Building Digital UK (BDUK) is delivering digital telecommunication infrastructure projects, making sure everyone in the UK has a fast and reliable internet connection, in order to make the UK a digital power in the world. These evaluation and analysis posts offer the chance to work on high profile multi-billion pound Government investments, within a high performing team, with exposure to senior stakeholders, and working alongside experts in the Telecoms sector.

The two posts will be in the UK Fibre Programme Evaluation and Analysis team in DCMS Commercial Team. The analytical team leads on the programme of analytical support required by BDUK programmes, before and during their implementation. We support the new full fibre programmes such as LFFN, GBVS and RGC (see above) and will be working on developing and informing the next programme as part of the £3-5bn 'Outside-In' approach to digital infrastructure investment.

Both roles focus on generating a full understanding of the effect and impact of digital connectivity investment programmes, and enabling this insight to improve future decisions and make best use of public money. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary analysis function and lead on projects within our programme of work to undertake bespoke analysis, and commission and manage evaluations establishing the real impacts, benefits and value of money of our programmes. As well as developing your analytical skills you will have a great chance to develop valuable skills and experience in commercial and project delivery, and stakeholder management.

Responsibilities will include designing and managing evaluation and benefit realisation programmes, externally commissioned research outputs alongside internal analysis. The focus of the work is on generating the full understanding of the effect and impact of digital connectivity investment programmes, and how to improve this in future. Your work will inform time-critical decisions on the scope and direction of existing major government programmes. It also enables the insight to improve future decisions; informing the development and delivery of further telecoms policy and new and innovative delivery models, building the business cases for future digital infrastructure programmes and making best use of public money.

The evaluation, research and data analysis work overseen by the team is multi-disciplinary in nature. We select the right analytical approach for the purpose and openly encourage innovation and solution-focussed creativity to achieve this.

Skills: Primarily we are looking for a candidate with a strong research or data background, with experience of policy or project evaluation, especially where this looks at quantifiable impacts. There will be opportunities to develop or improve skills in:
Econometrics/regression-based approaches to impact evaluation
Theory-based evaluation methods
Cost benefit modelling
Exploiting secondary research and data sources
Working with other analysts in the team analysing large data datasets (using R and Excel), and explore data visualisation (through Power BI and R Shiny tools).
Other ad-hoc primary research techniques designed to address specific issues or meet more immediate evidence gaps

All statisticians and social researchers in DCMS are part of a supportive Government Statistician Group (GSG) or Government Social Research (GSR) community, providing an active peer support network. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in corporate projects to make the directorate, and the wider DCMS, an even better place to work. We are fully committed to personal development, support flexible working and healthy work-life balance. Please state in your application if you are already a member of GSG or GSR.


For GSG (Statistician) candidates a minimum of (1) a first or second classhonours degree in a subject containing formal statistical training (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies,Psychology, Geography or similar); or (2) a higher degree, e.g. an MSc or PhD, in a subject containing formal statistical training (e.g. Statistics,Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography or similar); or (3) experience in a statistical/data science field
and an ability to demonstrate continuous professional development (via a CPD Log Book) in statistics/data science at the same level as a foundation degree/HND (Level 5).

For GSR (Social Research) candidates must evidence on application that they fulfil the following eligibility criteria:
Degree: Hold a minimum of 2:1 in an undergraduate degree or 2:2 with a postgraduate degree


A relevant social science subject at undergraduate or postgraduate level which contains substantial social research methods training including quantitative methods and at least 3 of the other methods outlined in the table below (we would expect social research methods to represent around a third of modules taken) and be able to demonstrate sufficient applied social research experience.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • GSG (Statisticians): GSG competency framework: 'data analysis' *Lead Competency - see recruitment process section in attached documents
  • GSG (Statisticians): GSG competency framework: 'acquiring data / understanding customer needs' (see attached documents)
  • GSR (Social Researchers): Social Research Technical skills (page 6-8) *Lead Competency - see recruitment process section in attached documents
  • GSR (Social Researchers): Using and promoting Social Research (page9-10)



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


No relocation allowance

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check .

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

In the event of a large number of applications, an initial sift against the lead behaviour (for statisticians: data analysis , for social researchers: Social Research technical skills) will be undertaken.

Candidates applying to the Government Social Research profession who are not currently members of GSR will be invited to complete a social research knowledge test on successful passing of the full sift stage. This assessment will take place in London on the afternoon of 11th July and will explore the basic knowledge and application of statistical, analytical and research skills and techniques. Progress to interview is dependent on successful passing of this test.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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