Birmingham, London , Leeds
Salary: £38,654 (National) £42,466 (London)
18 Jun 2021
29 Jul 2021
Full Time
Contract Type

About the job Summary

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

Salary: £38,654 (National) £42,466 (London)

Would you relish the opportunity to lead the National Rail Travel Survey , and contribute to delivery of our broader Rail Research programme?

If so, we have an exciting opportunity for a professional social researcher or statistician to join our analytical team, and we would love to hear from you.

Job description

You will join our Rail Statistics, Research and Evaluation (RSRE) team to work on a range of rail-related research and analysis, alongside leading delivery of a major Government survey- the National Rail Travel Survey (NRTS). The NRTS is a ‘census’ of the railways and informs the business cases of large and small rail investments across Great Britain.

For more information on the National Rail Travel Survey .

You will work closely with senior partners, policy colleagues, press office and Ministers whilst leading the NRTS and working on a wide range of interesting research and analysis projects affecting the rail industry.

DfTs’ rail research programme is broad and includes research with passengers to inform the Department’s policy development on diverse topics, including customer experience, fares and ticketing, accessibility and infrastructure enhancements. Our team priorities include informing rail reform following publication of Williams- Shapps plan for rail and understanding rail demand and changes in how passengers use and experience the railways as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Your day to day duties and responsibilities will include;
• Effective management of the lead contractor delivering the NRTS and other rail research projects, ensuring that projects are delivered on time, within budget and to a high standard
• Project management of the NRTS and other research and analytical projects, ensuring the appropriate legal, ethical, procurement and quality assurance practices are followed
• Contributing to delivery of the broader Rail Research programme, designing, specifying and commissioning quantitative research to inform policy development.
• Managing the dissemination of research and analysis for different partners and audiences.

You will have the option to be either based in London attracting the London pay scale, or in Leeds or Birmingham attracting the national pay scale and occasional travel to attend meetings in London.

About you
You will have a broad experience of working as either a professional social researcher or statistician, with required skills in research and data analysis, including manipulating and interpreting data and presenting high quality analysis in a clear, impactful way to support decision making.

You will have excellent communication skills and the ability to articulate key messages from analysis to diverse audiences. You will engage effectively to build positive relationships within and outside the Department.

You will be proactive and organised with excellent project management skills and a high attention to detail.


Candidates will hold either;
A first or second-class honours degree or postgraduate degree with either 30% social research methods components, OR 25% statistical content (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography or similar)
Other professional research qualification (e.g. a Market Research Society qualification)


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

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

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

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

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.

How to apply

When considering your experience, please tailor your CV and personal statement to provide evidence of when you have;
• Successfully project managed a complex analytical project
• Successfully developed, specified and managed a plan for a complex analytical project
• Effectively manipulated data to provide high quality analysis to support decision making

The sift is due to take place on 01/07/2021.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held on 15/07/2021 and 16/07/2021.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.
We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

• an interview and written exercise

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.
For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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