Data analyst

We are currently seeking to recruit a highly-motivated Data Analyst to join RCU, the UK’s leading data intelligence organisation in the education and skills sector based in Preston, Lancashire.


The company produces a range of innovative tools for the education sector and we also carry out bespoke analysis and research for clients including Government departments and educational establishments.

Your role would involve working with very large databases containing information about learners, courses, education establishments, apprenticeships, employment opportunities and economic data.

You will be required to manipulate large datasets to produce outputs which analyse data and produce results as required by a wide range of high profile clients. You will use programming software skills to automate and develop new interactive solutions for customers (both external and internal) and play an active role in producing new products and developing new technologies to enhance the product range.

As a key player within a small team you will be required to contribute towards business planning and the potential use of new technology, carry out and support project related research activity and support activities related to the development and maintenance of the company’s IT infrastructure. You will also be required to work flexibly in a customer led culture as part of a multidisciplinary team, supporting and encouraging colleagues in achieving team goals.


  • Degree (or equivalent) in a related area
  • GCSE Maths Grade B or above (or equivalent)
  • Previous experience of working in a role that requires the analysis of large datasets and/or programming
  • Experience of using SQL and manipulating databases
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Word, etc)
  • High level of problem solving skills
  • Excellent analytical capability
  • High level of teamworking skills
  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic
  • Good organisational skills


  • Experience of datasets used in education such as the individualised learner record, National Pupil Database, HESA etc.
  • Experience of using Microsoft SQL Server
  • Programming skills to automate processes
  • Experience of generating dashboards or data visualisations using Tableau or similar products


The salary offered will be dependent upon experience.

Application Form

Download the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form below and return completed to Louise Breckell via email at or post to RCU Ltd, 3 Tustin Court, Port Way, Ashton on Ribble, Preston, Lancs, PR2 2YQ

Download application form Equal opportunities form

Why work at RCU

At RCU we strive to be seen as the market leader in innovative data analysis and effective research for the post-16 education and skills sector.We believe our ability to solve problems and design innovative solutions for our clients lies in the strength of our teamwork. Therefore, every employee plays a key role in our continued success and is supported and valued as such.Here are some of the key benefits employees benefit from at RCU.

30 days annual leave
Employer contributory group pension scheme
Flexible working opportunities
Private medical and health insurance
Company funded professional training and development
Career progression opportunities