GSS diversity and inclusion
Our ambition is to be inclusive in everything we do as outlined in the Government Statistical Service (GSS) People Plan. And to ensure the statistics we produce are reflective of the society we serve. To achieve this we need to attract, retain and nurture talented and skilled people from diverse backgrounds drawing from a variety of experiences.
We aim to maximise the potential of all Government Statistician Group (GSG) members regardless of their sex, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, faith, age or socio-economic backgrounds.
Our action plan
- expand our employment offering, promoting inclusive entry routes
- increase diverse population within the GSG
- develop best practice ways of working within the GSG
Our aspirations have links to the work of the wider Government Analysis Function, which supports the Civil Service’s analytical professions and other government analysts. We will encourage and promote collaboration with our colleagues and align our work with Government Analysis Function Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Strategy by following the three pillars of activity.
- attract a diverse range of candidates to working in government analysis
- build diverse expertise and talent across the function
- create an inclusive function culture for all
We will share updates on our progress via news and blog posts.
Making the GSS more diverse and inclusive
Actions taken to make the GSS more inclusive and to attract a diverse mix of staff:
- run annual recruitment campaigns for Level 4 Data Analytics and Level 6 Data Science Degree Apprenticeships
- conduct a review of apprenticeships and apprenticeship recruitment
- requests for recruitment management information and metrics to include diversity data
- introduction of video interviewing to improve accessibility
- continued work on our student pipeline which includes the Summer Diversity Internship Programme
- greater collaboration across GSS teams to access more management information on diversity and inclusion
- extend the Reverse Mentoring scheme to the Analysis Function
The D&I Shadow Board has now been embedded into the People Committee.
We set up a GSS Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, following the results of the 2019 Analysis Function Diversity and Inclusion Survey. The working group is made up of volunteers from across the GSS.
The group are working on GSS specific survey analysis to help drive their recommendations. They have also developed a Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan which aligns to the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, and the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Practice Expectations 2020 to 2021.
The group will share best practice across the GSS and the wider Analysis Function. Lived experiences will be shared through blog posts.
If you would like to volunteer for this working group, please contact the team at GSS.Careers@ons.gov.uk.
Diversity and inclusion champions
We have two D&I champions: Steph Howarth from Welsh Government and Jason Bradbury from the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted).
Stephanie Howarth is the Welsh Government’s interim Chief Statistician. She joined the GSS in 2005 as a fast stream statistician and has worked in a number of statistical roles across south Wales in the Welsh Government, the United Kingdom Statistics Authority and the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
“I’m incredibly passionate about making the GSS a truly inclusive place to work where everyone can thrive. The statistics we produce are a window on the world – if the GSS better reflects the experiences of everyone so too will our statistics.”
Steph Howarth, GSS Diversity and Inclusion Champion
Questions about diversity and inclusion
You can contact the careers team at GSS.Careers@ons.gov.uk to ask any questions about diversity and inclusion.