Assistant Economist Recruitment

A Brilliant Career in the Government Economic Service. Join us as an Assistant Economist.

Government Economic Service Assistant Economist Scheme

Opening date: 15 January 2018

Closing date: 12 February 2018

Salary: £27k to £32k

Location: London and various

Application form (MS Word Document, 407KB)

Application guidance (MS Word Document, 97.5KB)

Complaints procedure (PDF, 154KB)

Our Role in Government

The Government Economic Service is at the heart of everything government does with high quality economic analysis essential to decision making in everything from negotiating new trade deals to building HS2, from supporting regional growth to managing the UK’s debt.

Click here for more information on the role Economists play in various government departments.

Who we are looking for

To help us deliver analysis we are looking for over 100 economists to join us and influence the day-to-day lives of every person in the UK.

As an assistant economist, you will be joining a community of over 1,500 economists across more than 30 organisations, putting your economic learning to direct use by influencing high profile public policies with the best possible economic analysis. This is an exciting time to be joining the civil service, and with continuous support you’ll prepare vital briefings for ministers or the public, provide advice on policy options, and ensure the quality and appropriate use of economic statistics.

Developing your skills

We take your development seriously and while earning a competitive salary, there will be plenty of support to further your development as an economist. You will broaden your subject knowledge through 50 hours of continuous professional development a year and a further 50 hours on personal skills.

The GES offers plenty of courses and high-quality training to help you do so where some of the competences you could develop include:

  • Strong quantitative skills: you’ll become an expert in manipulating and presenting data

  • Writing and presentation techniques: communicating economics clearly and succinctly to senior officials and ministers

  • Applied economics skills: using economic insights and techniques to inform policy on anything from the environment to transport.


Please see the guidance note for more information.

Applicants will need to possess or expected to have a first or upper second class honours degree with at least 50% of the modules in economics, or have a masters in economics. Modules must have covered both micro and macroeconomics to qualify and if you graduated more than five years ago then you must have examples of how you have maintained your economic knowledge on the competency section of the application form.

Contract Terms and Applications

Contracts are open to accommodate working pattern needs and can be on a full or part-time basis. All civil servants are appointed on merit through fair and open competition. The selection process will consider your attitude, capability, talent and willingness to learn. If appointed you will be expected to carry out your role with dedication and a commitment to the Civil Service and its core values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality.

Complaints procedure

Information about how to make a complaint should you feel your application to the Assistant Economic scheme has not been treated in accordance to the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please see the attached document.

Published 11 January 2018
Last updated 12 January 2018 + show all updates
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