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FAQs

Here you'll find answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions.

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How do I apply for a freelance position?

For more information on becoming a Freelance Nurse, Interpreter, Face-to-Face or Telephone interviewer see our 'Job opportunities' page.

Can I send in a speculative CV?

We do  accept speculative CVs and keep it on file for 6 months. Please state clearly the type of work you are interested in and send in your CV and cover letter to hr@natcen.ac.uk

Do you offer work experience or summer internships?

Occasionally, we do offer internship opportunities across our Research departments. We would advertise these on the ‘job opportunities’ section of our website. You can also follow us on Twitter to keep updated. 

Do you employ candidates who require visas?

NatCen is able to sponsor applicants for research positions under the Tier 2 category for some positions. Possible options will be discussed with you at appointment stage, should you require a visa. For further information please visit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/

Who should I contact if I have any further queries?

If you have any queries regarding NatCen’s recruitment and selection process please contact us at hr@natcen.ac.uk or on 0207 549 9540 and we will respond to your query within 5 working days of receipt.  

What is the recruitment process at NatCen after you have applied?

Once you have applied for a role at NatCen Social Research by email (excluding freelance nurses, telephone, interpreters and face-to-face interviewer applications), you will be given receipt of your application. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to interview, within 10 days of the closing deadline unless otherwise stated on the advert. The interview process may involve some testing depending on the role you have applied for. At the interview, you will have the opportunity to meet your line manager or group director. 

What do you look for from a Graduate Trainee?

We look to recruit exceptional graduates who have an excellent academic track record and who share our passion for social research. Applicants for our Training Scheme should have at least a 2:1 degree, ideally with a Social Sciences focus. Demonstrable knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative research methods is essential.

When will referees be approached for references?

We ask that you provide two referees who are able to verify your last three years of employment. Referees will not be contacted without the candidate's permission and is usually done once we have offered a post to the successful candidate. 

Can I get feedback if I am not shortlisted to attend an interview?

Due to the volume of applications NatCen receives, we regret that we are not able to provide detailed feedback to applicants that were not shortlisted. However, we will provide feedback to all unsuccessful candidates who have attended an interview with us.

How can I find out about current vacancies at NatCen Social Research?

All of our live vacancies can be found on the ‘job opportunities’ section of our website. You will be able to apply via this link. The vacancy list on the website is updated when we have new vacancies. You can also follow us through Twitter @NatCen.

What are the working hours?

NatCen’s normal operating hours are dependant on the location and the role. All full-time employees are expected to work 35 hours per week, Monday – Friday, with one hour unpaid for lunch. 

What benefits does NatCen offer its employees?

As well as a competitive salary, our employees enjoy:

  • Generous holiday allowance – 30 days' annual leave
  • 35 hour working week
  • Career development
  • Pension scheme
  • Employee assistance scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Eye test reimbursement
  • Season ticket loan
  • Health cash plan
  • More information on the above here.