Every year GORS offers the chance for undergraduate students to work at the heart of Government by doing a summer (10-12 weeks) or a year long analytical placement in one of several high profile Government Departments. This is an exciting opportunity to gain professional and technical skills whilst working on some of the most interesting and pertinent problems currently facing the country.

Who are the Government Operational Research Service?

We're the analytical minds behind many of the Government's policies - policies which, when brought into being, touch the lives of everyone in the UK; yours included. Through the use of various scientific and mathematical Operational Research techniques, we add empirical weight to a new or revised policy. Our work, in effect, helps bring it to life.

We look objectively at the complex problems departments face and apply an array of analytical and modelling techniques to help them find better solutions. Better solutions, of course, mean better policies. And once these are formulated, we use advanced modelling techniques to gauge their potential impact before they're delivered. In this way, we can help ensure that public money is spent wisely, on policies that our analysis predicts will be effective.

Where can you work?

This year there are opportunities in a number of Government Departments and locations to spend the full placement year. Last year departments for year long placements included: the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Home Office (HO), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) or the Department for Education (DfE). Find out more about these departments on www.gov.uk. You will be allocated based on location preference. Locations last year included: Bristol, Coventry, Croydon, Darlington, Fareham, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newport, Salford or Sheffield.

GORS are also carrying on their successful summer recruitment, for students starting in Summer 2023. A number of Government Departments are recruiting for a 10-12 week summer placement. Previous departments included the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Department for Transport (DfT), Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) or the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). Last year locations included: Birmingham, Hastings, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Salford, Sheffield or Wolverhampton.

Please select more than one location while expressing your location preference, this will allow us to allocate you the next preferred location, in case your first preferred location has been fully occupied. Which department you will be on will depend on your location preferences.

What are the benefits?

Last year the salary ranges from £17,500 to £26,500 pro-rata depending on location and department (£17,500-£22,500 (National), £21,500-£26,500 (London) pro rata). Students received a minimum of 23 days' annual holiday (pro rata) in addition to public and privilege days. Many departments also offer flexible working hours, access to internal and external training, interview practice sessions, and the opportunity to attend conferences and seminars.

What could you be doing?

Our analytical teams cover a broad range of remits from dealing with resource allocation, workforce planning, forecasting, performance measurement, and strategic planning. Previous student projects have included:

  • Informing impact assessments to provide balanced and objective views of the costs and benefits of policies;
  • Designing a pilot study to test the impact of a new policy to increase the likelihood of unemployed people entering work;
  • Analysing the impact of customer behaviour to identify different types of customers we interact with.