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Preparation before you apply


Please make time to familiarise yourself with the facts below, before applying.

The annual leave allowance is 28 days including public holidays in England and Wales, calculated on a pro-rata basis based on employment duration and hours worked. There are restrictions on when holidays can be taken for operational reasons which may vary according to the role undertaken.

Please refer to the job descriptions for further details.

The Civil Service Nationality Rules govern eligibility for employment in the Civil Service on the grounds of nationality. You must therefore fulfil the required eligibility criteria before you can progress an application with the Office for National Statistics.

You’re eligible to apply if you are a:

  • UK national
  • Commonwealth Citizen
  • national of the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Swiss or Turkish national (subject to certain restrictions).

Certain family members of EEA, Swiss and Turkish nationals who are not themselves EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals, may also be eligible. The nationality requirements for census roles are determined by the Civil Service nationality requirements. For full details about these requirements and exceptions, including dual nationality (that is, you are a British citizen and are also a national of another country), please check this website for further information.

Each job listing contains details of the pay rates for the role.

Payments will be made within set periods. This will be outlined in the contract of employment you receive, before starting work.

You’ll be asked to provide your bank account details before starting work, and payment will be made by BACS transfer to this account.

You will receive your pay on a weekly basis.

You’ll receive a full induction and take part in an on-the-job learning programme. You’ll complete the online learning and classroom-based modules (if you are taking on a managerial role) once you’ve been successful in your application.

We do everything possible to ensure the safety of the public and the protection of your data. We make it a priority to uphold high standards of integrity and data protection. This includes undertaking reference checks and security screening of all candidates.

If you’re interested in taking your application forward, we’ll:

  • confirm your identity and right to work in the UK, subject to nationality provisions
  • check for and assess unspent criminal convictions
  • obtain references from appropriate sources
  • ask you to sign a ‘Census Confidentiality Declaration/Undertaking’

At application stage, we will ask you to declare any unspent convictions. We will also ask you to comply with independent checks by an authorised body (this will be an organisation that is tasked with providing security checks for most public sector organisations).

If you have an unspent conviction, we’ll review its nature, but this will not necessarily prevent you from getting the job.

This agreement ensures you’re aware of, and that you confirm your understanding of, your legal obligations and responsibilities to maintain confidentiality of census information. This agreement falls within the terms of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, both during and after any involvement and/or employment related to the Census 2021.

Please note, you will not be able to undertake census work until you have agreed to the terms and conditions of a Census Confidentiality Undertaking.

As part of ONS commitment to be a Disability Confident Leader employer, all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for a job vacancy will be interviewed (subject to availability). To be included in the recruitment process you will need to declare that you've a *disability at the beginning of the application process and indicate if you require any reasonable adjustments.

*Definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010 here

Our recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit, based on fair and open competition. This is outlined in the Civil Service Code, which you can find here

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the code and you wish to make a complaint, please contact in the first instance.

If you’re not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission.

For roles that require language capabilities, we will need to assess your proficiency in the required language. This will be a short assessment over the phone with one of our language experts during the application process.

If you would like to apply for a Welsh language role but you need some practice, you can use one of the following resources: