About us

What we do

Actuaries have analytical skills that help decision-makers take account of risk and uncertainty. At the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) our mission is to support effective decision-making and robust reporting within government as the first choice provider of actuarial and specialist analysis, advice and assurance.

Our skills can particularly help government in complex areas where long term risk and uncertainty feature most heavily.

GAD is a non ministerial department.

Please click for a brief introduction to GAD. To keep up to date on topical issues relevant to UK public sector finances and to gain insight into the areas in which we focus please read our quarterly ‘eNews’ articles.

Our responsibilities

We work as actuaries and advisers for the public sector (UK and overseas) and also for private sector clients, where this is consistent with government policy and does not impair our ability to serve the UK government.

Our key areas of work are:

  • pensions and social security
  • insurance and investment
  • modelling and quality assurance

Please click to find out more about our services

Our priorities

As a ‘shared service’ supplier to the UK government and the devolved administrations, our aim is to deliver high quality service, actuarial analysis and policy advice. To achieve this we work to a professional code and standards designed to give assurance on quality and consistency.

We don’t exist to make a profit or to grow business for its own sake, but to do the best we can in the interests of the taxpayer.

Please refer to our vision, mission and values and our department strategy which sets out our aims and strategic priorities for 2015 to 2020.

Who we are

We employ approximately 160 staff across 2 offices, with over 100 of them being qualified or trainee actuaries. The Government Actuary is Martin Clarke.

Our head office is in central London and we have an office in Edinburgh.

Our head office is in central London and we have an office in Edinburgh.

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