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29 Apr 2024

Job summary

The Government Actuary’s Department provides actuarial solutions including financial risk analysis, modelling and advice to support the UK public sector. Our mission is to improve the stewardship of public sector finances by supporting effective decision making and robust reporting. We do this by bringing together actuarial knowledge and expertise, analytical techniques, consultancy discipline and high standards of professionalism.

We have consulting actuary positions available in our Public Service Pensions and Specialist Actuarial team. We are looking for qualified actuaries who can quickly understand the issues facing our clients and provide clear high-quality advice.

These roles may be of particular interest to those currently working with Defined Benefit pensions or annuities who want to broaden their career and develop new areas of expertise, while also providing advice that makes a difference to the UK.

Please note, this is a rolling campaign and sifting will take place monthly. For further details, see dates below.

Job description

As part of these roles you will be expected to:

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with our clients
  • Provide timely, efficient, high-quality advice
  • Work closely with clients to understand the problems facing them, and how actuarial advice and analysis can be used to improve outcomes.
  • Define the scope and manage the delivery of analysis underpinning the actuarial advice provided for clients.
  • Champion the value of actuarial advice within government.
  • Build strong connections within GAD and develop contacts across the wider public sector.

Location: 10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 4PU / Edinburgh Government Hub Queen Elizabeth House, Edinburgh EH8 8FT.

Person Specification

Please refer to our recruitment pack for more information about the role and the assessment criteria.

To apply for these roles you must be a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (or hold an equivalent qualification from an international actuarial body).

We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working together
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Delivering at pace
  • Communicating and influencing

We’ll assess you against these strengths during the selection process:

  • Decisive
  • Adaptable
  • Analytical
  • Explainer
  • Confident
  • Authentic


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing


As well as competitive salaries, we offer a substantial package of benefits:

  • Extensive talent, career and personal development
  • 25 days annual leave per year, increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service. In addition we offer 9 days public and privilege days leave per year (pro rata for part time staff)
  • Generous defined benefit Civil Service pension scheme
  • Family-friendly policies such as help with caring responsibilities, special leave, generous paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Access to employee assistance programme and occupational health
  • Community volunteering programme, the opportunity to join a trade union, and discounted membership of local and national sports and social groups
  • A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
  • Salary advances for travel costs, including annual season tickets and cycle-to-work schemes
  • Complimentary BUPA health check for permanent staff

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Strengths.

This recruitment will run as a rolling campaign. Please find the dates below.

First sift

Application deadline: 1200 hrs on 11 Dec 2023
Shortlisting: w/c 11 Dec 2023
Interviews: w/c 01 Jan 2024

Second sift

Application deadline: 1200 hrs on 08 Jan 2024
Shortlisting: w/c 08 Jan 2024
Interviews: w/c 22 Jan 2024

Third sift

Application deadline: 1200 hrs on 05 Feb 2024
Shortlisting: w/c 05 Feb 2024
Interviews: w/c 19 Feb 2024

Fourth sift

Application deadline: 1200 hrs on 04 March 2024
Shortlisting: w/c 04 March 2024
Interviews: w/c 18 March 2024

Fifth sift

Application deadline: 1200 hrs on 01 April 2024
Shortlisting: w/c 01 April 2024
Interviews: w/c 15 April 2024

Sixth sift

Application deadline: 1200 hrs on 29 April 2024
Shortlisting: w/c 29 April 2024
Interviews: w/c 13 May 2024

All interviews will take place in person at either our London office (E14 4PU) or Edinburgh office (EH8 8FT).

As part of the application form process, please submit your CV and supporting statement. Please do not email your CV outside of this process as it will not be accepted.

Shortlisting criteria is based on the Person Specification as set out in the Assessment Criteria section of the Job Description. Please ensure you provide examples of how you meet the Assessment Criteria; a strong application will also demonstrate that you meet the required criteria that are identified as key for this role. Applications will be shortlisted in line with the essential criteria for the role. Behaviours will be assessed at interview stage. Candidates who are successful at shortlist will be contacted as soon as possible and advised of the interview process and assessment (exact times and dates will also be confirmed).

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.

People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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  • Job Type: Experienced Job
  • Field of Work: , , ,
  • Experience Level: Senior Qualified
  • Number of Positions: 6
  • Location: London or Edinburgh
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Salary: £62,040 - £109,111
  • Date Posted: 05 Feb 2024
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