HMRC to expand risk and intelligence data arm

HM Revenue and Customs is hiring data analysts for its expanding Risk and Intelligence service’s (RIS) big data projects.

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HM Revenue and Customs is hiring data analysts for its expanding Risk and Intelligence service’s (RIS) big data projects.  

Roles in the department will range from identifying organised criminal attacks, analysing the impact of new policies and developing a library of analytical products to help employees work more efficiently.

HMRC currently employs around 150 data analysts but needs to increase numbers this year as its RIS department expands.

The department measured the discrepancy between taxed owed and tax collected at £34 billion between 2012 and 2013.

It is using the RIS to plug this gap by providing a better understanding of risks to the UK tax system. The HMRC gathers information from within and outside the UK to identify and predict customer behaviour patterns, allowing it to spot fraud patterns.

This information influences high-level decisions for intervening in potential wrongdoing on a mass scale as well as spotting individuals that can be brought to justice.

Data analysts also help future proof the department, helping executives to understand emerging trends and changes so it can adjust how it functions, as well as for marketing campaigns to deter fraud.

Analysts have access to “one of the largest data sets in Europe”, HMRC said. This includes taxpayer records and other information to publicly and commercially available data, which is constructed in networks using its data matching system called ‘Connect’.

The Connect system was developed with SAS analytics software, an Aspire case-load management system and Detica’s visualisation software. Analysts will primarily use SAS Enterprise Guide to interrogate bulk data, along with Detica’s NetReveal tool to visualise the information.

The analyst posts will be advertised on the Civil Service Recruitment Website from 24 November.

The Department of Work and Pensions and the Home Office also have vacancies for data scientists and analysts. 

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