Assistant Economist

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research is Britain’s oldest, and one of its most prestigious independent research institutes.  We specialise in applied social and economic research, combining high academic standards with relevance to policy making.  Our reputation for quality and independence, outstanding networks and unrivalled location at the heart of Westminster makes us the ideal base to build a national profile for academic or policy research that makes real impact.

Job Title: Assistant Economist 

Working Hours:  35 hours per week, open to flexible working.

Location: SW1P 3HE.  Staff are able to work up to two days per week from home. 

Salary: £25,000 per annum 

We are seeking an Assistant Economist to join the Macroeconomics team.  The purpose of the role is to maintain the historical data for our NiGEM database and support the macro-modelling team’s other data requirements.

Key responsibilities are: 

  1. Update macroeconomic and financial variables on the database of the global econometric model (NIGEM) from a variety of sources.
  2. Ensure that documentation of data sources is up to date.
  3. Check the validity of updates.
  4. Support the development of the database as appropriate.
  5. Provide data analysis and general research support to the Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting team.

The essential requirements we are looking for in the successful candidate are:


  1. Managing multiple competing priorities to meet strict deadlines.
  2. Working independently and as part of a team to achieve specific outcomes.
  3. Using Excel at expert level to manipulate and analyse data.
  4. Constructively challenging the accepted ways of thinking/doing things, and thinking critically to develop new idea, approaches, and ways of working.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities 

  1. Undergraduate degree in Economics (ideally with the focus on macro-economics), Econometrics or related field.
  2. Strong numeracy skills.
  3. High level of attention to detail, with the ability to ensure the accuracy of complex reports and data sets.
  4. Strong interest in real world economic and policy developments.

To apply

To apply for this role, please send full CV and a supporting statement of no more than 1500 words setting how your experience/ education meet the key responsibilities outlined above.  Please number each point and address these one at a time to ensure that we are able to fully consider how your experience, skills and abilities meet the key responsibilities of the post.  Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of the role.

Applications should be sent to Fran Leadbeater via email:  In your application, please include the following:

  • Where you saw the advert
  • Approximate start date
  • Details of two referees.  NIESR will seek references prior to interview, so should you not wish us to contact any of your referees in advance, please make this clear.

Closing date for applications is  Sunday 11th June.

Interviews will be held week commencing 19th of June.