HEO Higher Statistical Officer: Local Tax Statistics

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Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Application Deadline
£32,558 (London) or £29,596 (National)

Location: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, London, Manchester


All analysts in MHCLG are based within Analysis and Data Directorate. The Directorate is made up of a number of multi-disciplinary teams responsible for delivering evidence across the range of core Departmental priorities, for example on housing, planning, local government finance and local economic growth. The services we provide are always in high demand - including from senior officials, ministers, and their special advisers, both here and in other government departments (most notably Number 10, HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office) - and have been highly influential in shaping and designing policy.

Job description

Local Government has a role in everyone’s daily lives, whether that is via schools and social services or street lighting, rubbish collection and parks. Their expenditure represents over a fifth of all Government expenditure, a growing proportion of which is funded through council tax and business rates. Our statistics play a crucial role in informing policy decisions on local government funding and regulation and support the Department’s objective to support local government to deliver high quality services with sustainable finances.

There is a growing demand for high quality local government finance data as key users both within MHCLG and more widely across government, including HMT, OBR and ONS, and beyond have been making increasing use of this data.

The Role

This post is in the team responsible for the collection and publication of data relating to council tax, business rates and local government pensions. The jobholder will lead on council tax data collections and will be responsible for working with local tax policy to ensure collections reflect changes to government policy. The team has an exciting work programme to modernise and improve our data processing systems and the job holder will have a critical role to play in developing this for the council tax collections. The post also includes management of a statistical officer.

This post is a great opportunity for HStOs looking for experience of project management, line or task management and statistical publications, whilst also seeking and driving statistical improvements. The role provides opportunities to interact and develop links with a range of customers within MHCLG and beyond. As such, it offers an excellent opportunity for those looking to progress their career.


The main responsibilities for the post include:

  • Manage the day-to-day collection of council tax data, working closely with the statistical officer and an administrative officer and liaising with local authorities to ensure collection of high quality data.
  • Analysing and presenting the key points from the data effectively
  • Work closely with policy colleagues to ensure forms reflect current policy and operational interests.
  • Lead on production of statistical releases on council tax.
  • Continue to drive improvements in the way that the data is collected and published and refining existing statistical production pipelines.

Analysts in the department use a range of statistical packages for data manipulation and analysis. The post currently demands strong Excel skills, and offers opportunities to learn MS Access, SQL and R. While some experience of using these is desirable, the key requirement is an aptitude for data analysis and coding. Training opportunities will be available to broaden the knowledge of the successful candidate.

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 12th July 2020


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