Fast stream

For those with the potential to become future leaders of the Civil Service, we offer a place on the FastStream. To develop your skills and project experience, you’ll move between departments every 12 to 18 months. Which means that you can expect to become a Senior OR Analyst within three to five years, at which point you should be aiming to reach the ranks of the Senior Civil Service.

To apply, you’ll need (or be working towards):

  • a first class or 2:1 degree in a numerate subject;
  • or a 2:2 with a numerate postgraduate degree.

A numerate degree will have 50% or more of its modules involving use of advanced mathematical concepts. Typically, these include mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering, econometrics, computer programming or OR/MS. Typically, these exclude economics, chemistry, biology, geography, management or psychology/sociology. But the list of subjects considered is left open. Should a candidate be successful in their Fast Stream application, and prior to being invited to a specialist assessment centre, they will be asked to provide a full list of modules studied on all of their degrees on which basis their eligibility will be definitively assessed.

To apply, you need to apply through the Fast Stream website and select the Government Operational Research Service Scheme. After completing the required information, you will be presented with some online tests. These consist of 2 questionnaires (’situational judgement’ and ‘behavioural’), an e- tray exercise and a video interview. We recommend you do some practise questions – further details available on the Fast Stream webpage. You'll only move on to the next test, if you've successfully passed the previous one.

If you pass the online tests, you'll be invited to attend a half-day assessment at one of our assessment centres in either London or Newcastle. We'll ask you to take part in a series of exercises. This includes a leadership exercise, a group exercise and an analysis exercise.

If you are successful at the assessment centre, you’ll be invited to take part in a final selection process. You will be sent a competency based form to complete, to assess whether you have an appropriate background for Operational Research. If you demonstrate this, you will be invited to the Operational Research Assessment Centre where your Operational Research capability will be assessed through a variety of tests and interviews.