Research and Data Analyst – Scheme Advisory Board Secretariat
Central London, currently remote

Vacancy Reference: SLOT-002997

Location: Central London, currently remote

Closing Date: 17/01/2024

Salary: £39,186 (excl. LW) or £43,268 (incl. LW)

Employment Type: Permanent, Full-time/Part time

Department: Deputy Chief Executive, LGA

Hours Per Week: 35

About us

The Local Government Association (LGA) is the national membership body for local authorities. We work on behalf of our member councils to support, promote and improve local government.  

We are a politically led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils to help them deliver local solutions to national problems.  

We also provide councils with the tools and resources to respond to challenges present and emerging, and support improvement across the sector. 

About the role

We are looking for a Research and Data Analyst to collate and provide analysed and formatted data for inclusion in the Scheme Annual Report and the triennial Scheme Valuation Report for the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). The post holder will work with members of the SAB secretariat and wider pensions team to understand their requirements and design and publish effective research and analytical projects. You will act as a lead contact for colleagues in providing professional advice and guidance on interpreting research, data and analysis.

The successful post-holder will be a key part of the secretariat team supporting the Board. You will work to design and deliver high quality analytical, research and data projects for the Scheme Advisory Board (SAB) and the LGPS sector.

You will be expected to work collaboratively with other members of the SAB secretariat, and the wider LGA pensions team, to ensure the SAB meets its declared objectives.

About you

It’s essential that you have both research and data analysis skills and can write and communicate well.  We are looking for a team player with good organisational abilities and the ability to accurately summarise and convey sometimes complex information in a non-technical way, with clear conclusions where appropriate.

Expertise in survey research, desk research, data analysis and qualitative analysis, and the ability to apply these to support the needs of politicians, officials and officers would be an advantage. Political sensitivity, with the ability to exercise discretion and to demonstrate political neutrality at all times is important.

Excellent IT skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and common Content Management Systems such as Joomla, with the ability to quickly learn new packages as required is essential. The ability to undertake advanced statistical techniques and present this clearly to a non-technical audience is desirable.

The successful candidate can expect to take on a varied and wide-ranging portfolio of important work.

You must have the right to work in the UK, the LGA are unfortunately unable to offer sponsorship visas. Evidence for the right to work in the UK will be requested at the interview stage. 

To apply

If you would like to be considered for the role, please complete the online form and include a supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria of the role before the closing date.

We use anonymous recruitment, which is the practice of hiding candidates’ identities. This process involves removing any identifying information from candidates’ applications which includes names. We are unable to remove candidate’s names from their CV’s. If you wish to remain anonymous, we ask that you take your name off your CV before submitting.

Closing Date:         5pm, 17th January 2024
Interview Date:     Week Commencing 29 January - interviews will be held virtually

At the LGA we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. The LGA are proud to be awarded a “Disability Confident Leader”.  If you are require  an reasonable adjustment, which is a change to the format or conditions of the recruitment process to accommodate any disability-related needs you may have. Please contact us via 

Our benefits

  • LGA annual leave entitlement is 29 days, rising to 31 days after three years’ service and to 33 days after five years’ service, plus all UK public holidays (pro rata for fixed term and part time contracts).*
  • Flexible & agile working – office-based staff are required to work in the LGA’s London office two days per week as a minimum, subject to business need and this may vary significantly between different roles and from week to week.
  • Future development – face-to-face and virtual courses are scheduled in line with developmental goals
  • The LGA offers 24/7 access to a free, confidential employee assistance programme managed by Health Assured. This service is also available for Dependants.
  • Family friendly policies

For more of LGA’s benefits and working with us, please view our webpage

Our values & behaviours 

    Our Values and Behaviours are there to give us an understanding of who we are as an organisation and who we want to be. They are a framework to help us understand:

    • how we work with each other 
    • how we work with our members and stakeholders
    • our expectations for ourselves and each other 

    Our values are:

    Inclusive - We ensure that our work is inclusive of all voices. 

    Ambitious - We are ambitious for councils and their communities and are committed to striving for excellence in all that we do to support our colleagues, our membership and the sector to deliver the best possible outcomes.

    Collaborative - We bring together the expertise and skills needed, working as one team.


    This vacancy is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.