Operational Research (OR) is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better policy decisions.
You’ll do this using techniques ranging from quick back-of-the-envelope calculations to complicated systems dynamics models, forecasting, simulation and analytics.
Different OR techniques can be used to objectively assess the current situation and how different changes might affect it. Our work brings government policy to life and has an impact on everyone in the UK.
You will be using your intellect and creativity as problems can be complex, often with no single ‘right answer’. Your work will support all areas of government, including policy-making, strategy and operations.
Operational researchers commonly work with economists, statisticians, social researchers, scientists and those policy. Whilst most OR Fast Streamers only work in analytical posts, it is also possible to take up generalist posts, such as working in a private office (working directly with a Minister and liaising with departments on their behalf).
You will join the Government Operational Research Service (GORS) with access to over 700 members. Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to 55k.