Statistics

  • Join the new ScotStat Board – help improve Official Statistics in Scotland

    2nd February 2024 by

    Update: the deadline for applications has now been extended to 4th March 2024. Building trust in our statistics is fundamental to the work of statisticians, as mentioned in my previous blog. Central to building trust is regularly engaging with our users. In this blog I am offering the opportunity for people who have a keen...

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  • Our plans for small area statistics – consulting on Data Zones and Intermediate Zones

    26th January 2024 by

    The publication of statistics at a local level is important so that citizens and policy makers can make better informed decisions about their local communities. To support the production of small area statistics it is vital that we have solid statistical foundations in place.   In Scotland, the statistical building blocks we use are Data Zones...

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  • New publication: Time Use in Scotland 2023 – analysis by sex

    8th November 2023 by

    Last week, the Scottish Government’s Equality Analysis team were pleased to publish Time use in Scotland 2023 – analysis by sex. In this blog we’d like to tell you about the publication and some of the key findings. The Online Time Use Survey (OTUS) is a UK-wide survey commissioned by ONS and gathered by NatCen Social...

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  • Working as a government statistician – Emma Sigfridsson

    8th November 2023 by

    By Emma Sigfridsson, Senior Assistant Statistician in Homelessness Statistics and Analysis The Scottish Government has launched an external recruitment campaign for B1 and B2 Assistant Statisticians. Applications close on 13 November 2023. You might be wondering what statisticians do on a day-to-day basis. This blog series offers some insight into the diversity of roles available...

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  • Working as a government statistician – Ross Waddell

    2nd November 2023 by

    By Ross Waddell, Assistant Statistician in Education Analytical Services The Scottish Government has launched an external recruitment campaign for B1 and B2 Assistant Statisticians. Applications close on 13 November 2023. An information session to find out more about the application and assessment process will be held on Monday 6 November 2023 from 12:30 to 14:00. You might be wondering what statisticians...

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  • Working as a government statistician – Eleanor Swift

    31st October 2023 by

    By Eleanor Swift, Assistant Statistician in Corporate Analytical Services The Scottish Government has launched an external recruitment campaign for B1 and B2 Assistant Statisticians. Applications close on 13 November 2023. An information session to find out more about the application and assessment process will be held on Monday 6 November 2023 from 12:30 to 14:00....

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  • Working as a government statistician in the COVID-19 pandemic – Anouska Pandya

    27th October 2023 by

    by Anouska Pandya, Assistant Statistician in Health and Social Care Analysis The Scottish Government has launched an external recruitment campaign for B1 and B2 Assistant Statisticians. Applications close on 13 November 2023. An information session to find out more about the application and assessment process will be held on Monday 6 November 2023 from 12:30...

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  • One year in – Census and the Future

    3rd September 2023 by

    An aerial shot of the queensferry crossing with the forth road bridge in the background

    Keen readers of this blog will know, I took up the post as Interim Chief Statistician in April 2022. A year on, I was pleased to accept the post permanently. In this blog I will share my experiences from the past year and few months. Reading Time: 5 minutes Passion about Statistics to Improve Decision...

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  • Reproducible Analytical Pipelines: How we saved 3 analysts 6 weeks of copying and pasting

    24th July 2023 by

    This blog post is by Alice Byers, Reproducible Analytical Pipeline Developer in Scottish Government. Like most analysts, I’ve spent a lot of time copying and pasting from spreadsheets, analysing data in laborious and manual ways with lots of potential for human error. This is why RAPs – Reproducible Analytical Pipelines – grabbed my attention when...

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  • Developing the next generation of data scientists

    13th July 2023 by

    Simon Rogers

    This blog is by Simon Rogers, Senior Technical Consultant for Business Intelligence, part of Data and Security at NHS National Services Scotland. Here Simon speaks about his experience of being a mentor on the Data Science Accelerator.   Throughout my career, I’ve been lucky to have had some excellent mentors. So when I saw the call...

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