FAQs

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What is a numerate subject?
GORS entry criteria is that you must have 50% or more modules in your degree that are numerate. This can include things such as mathematics, physics, econometrics, computer science, statistics, programming and engineering but this list is not exhaustive. We will also accept people that have 30% numerate content in their 1st and 2nd year if your 3rd year modules listed can make the percentage up to 50%. So please do list all of your modules!
What other eligibility criteria is there?
Year-long
Placements are open to students who are looking to complete a year in industry during their degree course. Students must be returning to university after completing their placement. Due to the nature of the placement it isn’t open to first years. You must also meet Civil Service nationality and immigration criteria.
Summer placement
You must be a 2nd year student or above however the student must be going back to university for their final year or for postgraduate study following the summer. You must also meet Civil Service nationality and immigration criteria.
Is this placement voluntary or will I be paid for it?
Year-long
This will be a full-time placement for 1 year and you will be paid! Salaries start at around £16,641 pro rata but will depend on your location and department. You will also receive other benefits such as annual leave entitlement and flexible working.
Summer placement
This will be a full-time placement a minimum of 10 weeks and you will be paid! Salaries start at around £16,641 pro rata but will depend on your location and department. You will also receive other benefits such as annual leave entitlement and flexible working.
What is the difference between the year long and the summer placement?
The sandwich placement is open to university students of any year (except for 1st years) and will typically last for 12 months depending on department and students availability. A summer placement is open to university students of any year (except for 1st years) and will typically last for 10-12 weeks depending on the department and students availability. For both placements, the student must be going back to university after the internship to either finish their current degree or to do postgraduate study.
How long are the placements?
Year-long
This will be a full-time placement for 1 year.
Summer placement
This will be a full-time placement of a minimum of 10 weeks.
What if I change my mind about my location?
Year-long
That shouldn’t be a problem. Before you are allocated, as long as you let us know of any change of details to our central inbox analytical.studentplacement@dwp.gsi.gov.uk, we should be able to accommodate any changes you have.
Summer placement
That shouldn’t be a problem. Before you are allocated, as long as you let us know of any change of details to our central inbox analyticalstudentplacement@dwp.gsi.gov.uk, we should be able to accommodate any changes you have.
How many people are you taking on?
Year-long
For students starting in Summer 2019, we have a total of 40 vacancies for sandwich placements. Vacancy numbers for 2019 have not been decided yet.
Summer placement
We are still finalising numbers but aim to have between 15-20 vacancies.
Which departments are recruiting students?
Year-long
For a year long placement, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Home Office (HO), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), Department for Education (DfE), Office for National Statistics (ONS), Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Cabinet Office, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Scottish Government and the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) all have placement opportunities. You will be allocated based on location preference. Find out more about these departments on www.gov.uk. Departments for 2019 have not been decided yet.
Summer placement
We are still finalising recruiting summer departments. You will be allocated based on location preference.
Which locations are the placements available in?
For sandwich placements, locations available are in Croydon, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newport, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sheffield & York. Which department you will be on will depend on your location preferences. For summer placements, locations are being finalised. Which department you will be on will depend on your location preferences.
How do I apply?
Year-long
Register online for a Civil Service Jobs account www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk and search by selecting ‘Government Operational Research Service’ as the Organisation and ‘Administrative Officer’ as the grade. The vacancy will be going live in October 2018.
Summer placement
Register online for a Civil Service Jobs account www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk and search by selecting ‘Government Operational Research Service’ as the Organisation and ‘Administrative Officer’ as the grade. The vacancy will be going live in early 2019 so keep checking but you can also set up an alert too!
When will the application close?
Year-long
You have until 23.59 on the 4th November 2018 to submit your application – good luck! Look at the hints and tips page for advice on how to fill out a competency based application form!
Summer placement
Closing dates will be published once the vacancy is live. Look at the hints and tips page for advice on how to fill out a competency based application form!
What happens after I submit my application?
Year-long
We will aim to let you know if your application has been successful within 3 weeks of the closing date. If successful, you will then be invited for an interview.
Summer placement
We will aim to let you know if your application has been successful within 3 weeks of the closing date. If successful, you will then be invited for an interview.
When will the interview be?
Year-long
Interviews will be held the week commencing the 3th December in London and Sheffield. These will become available to book once you have found out if your application was successful.
Summer placement
Interview dates are still being finalised.
When will I find out if I have a job?
Year-long
This year we are aiming to let all students know of their interview result and their department posting around Christmas.
Summer placement
Allocation dates are still being finalised.
When will I start my placement?
Year-long
Each department varies on when their students start but it will be in Summer 2019. Those doing a year long placement will be able to fit in 1 year before returning to university.
Summer placement
Each department varies on start dates but it will be in Summer 2019.