Assistant Economist Scheme 2020

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

Government Economic Service Assistant Economist Scheme opens on Thursday 6th February 2020.

Salary: £27k to £32k

Location: London and various

Candidate Pack

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Job Decription Pack

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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

This is a recruitment scheme for economics graduates which sits beside the fast stream as a main route into a role as an Assistant Economist in the Government Economic Service. 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 Candidate Pack (PDF, 769KB, 10 pages) 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.
  • 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.


Please note that it is possible to meet the above nationality requirements and still not be legally entitled to work in the UK. The UK Border Agency operate a points-based immigration policy which applies to the migrants from outside the European Economic Area, Switzerland and Turkey.

It is your responsibility to check whether this policy applies to you. Departments are under no obligation to sponsor work permits under the UK Border Agency’s points-based immigration policy. Therefore, if you require a permit to work in the UK, there is no guarantee that you will be offered a place even if you pass the Fast Stream selection process. In these circumstances the decision to apply, which might involve travel to the UK two or more times to complete the selection process, is yours alone. We can take no responsibility if no place is available for you in the Fast Stream on immigration grounds.

For full details please see Nationality requirements.


Candidates who pass the Economic Assessment may only defer appointment to complete a postgraduate degree in economics or to complete the Overseas Development Institute Fellowship.

Deferrals are granted for a maximum of 2 years. Candidates who do not take up appointment within this period will need to re-apply.

Equal Opportunities

At the GES we welcome applications from anyone with the necessary qualifications, regardless of sex, marital status, race, colour, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or, in Northern Ireland, community background. There are no age limits, but employing departments will expect several years’ service before retirement.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2020 scheme, open on 6 February and will close on 19 March 2020 at 23:55pm

Please click here to apply via the Civil Service Jobs website.

A selection of job descriptions for the 2020 scheme can be in the Job Decription Pack (PDF, 2.7MB, 35 pages)

Social media

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Complaints procedure

Complaints must be submitted in writing/email and addressed to:

Head of GESR Recruitment
GESR Team, 1 Blue
HM Treasury,
1 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ

Please provide the fullest account possible of the circumstances surrounding your complaint.

If you do not submit your complaint within a year after the campaign took place, we will not be obliged to consider it.

Published 11 January 2018
Last updated 7 February 2020 + show all updates
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