Economist (Public Policy Team)

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) 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.

We are seeking an Economist to join NIESR’s Public Policy Team on a permanent basis.  The purpose of the role is to work as part of the wider team to help designing and carrying out research in specific areas.  The post holder will also build and cultivate external relationships, contribute to the drafting of research bids and proposals, and undertake general project administration.

The role will have a strong focus on analysing the economies of the UK’s devolved nations and regions, and on employment and well-being issues.

WORKING HOURS:  35 hours per week, open to flexible, part-time working.


LOCATION: Central London, SW1P 3HE

SALARY: £36,000

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


  1. Working with datasets (experience with UK regional/devolved nation datasets is a plus)
  2. Analysing and interpreting data to generate evidence-based conclusions.
  3. Managing multiple competing priorities to meet strict deadlines.
  4. Working independently and as part of a team to achieve specific outcomes.
  5. Contributing to the drafting of research bids and proposals.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities 

  1. MSc or PhD degree in economics, or equivalent.
  2. Awareness and understanding of a range of research techniques and methodologies, particularly quantitative and econometric approaches.
  3. High level of attention to detail, with the ability to ensure the accuracy of complex reports and data sets.
  4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present complex ideas and information to different audiences.
  5. Knowledge of standard software packages and standard data analysis packages.
  6. 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 1,500 words setting how you meet the essential requirements 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 needs of the post.  Please refer to the 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.

If you would like any further information about the post, please contact Professor Adrian Pabst, Deputy Director of NIESR,

The deadline for applications is Thursday 20th January 2022. This is a time sensitive appointment, and we may shortlist and interview candidates before the deadline so please submit your application early to ensure that it is considered.  We also reserve the right to close this vacancy early.

Interviews will be held week commencing 31st January 2022.