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 25 vacancies for sandwich placements.
Summer placement
For students starting in Summer 2019, we have a total of 12 vacancies for summer placements.
Which departments are recruiting students?
Year-long
For a year long placement, the Cabinet Office, Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue & Customs, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Scottish Government and Valuation Office Agency 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
For a summer placements, the Department of Education, Committee of Climate Change, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health and Social Care all have placement opportunities.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, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield. If choosing Edinburgh or Glasgow please also make at least one second location preference as there is only one placement available in these locations. Which department you will be on will depend on your location preferences. For summer placements, locations available are Coventry, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield. If choosing Coventry or Manchester please also make at least one second location preference as there is only one placement available in these locations. 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 February 2019.
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 February 2019.
When will the application close?
Year-long
You have until 23.59 on the 3rd March 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
You have until 23.59 on the 3rd March 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!
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 between the 1st and the 12th April in London and Sheffield. These will become available to book once you have found out if your application was successful.
Summer placement
Interviews will be held between the 1st and the 12th April in London and Sheffield. These will become available to book once you have found out if your application was successful.
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 late April.
Summer placement
This year we are aiming to let all students know of their interview result and their department posting late April.
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.
Can I apply for both placements?
You can apply for both the sandwich and the summer placement however, if successful at both, you will need to choose ONE only due to the timings meaning both placements will overlap.