Research Economist

Institute for Employment Studies

The appointment will be initially to a 12 month contract with a likelihood of subsequent extension to a permanent post

IES is a leading, independent, not-for profit research centre, carrying out authoritative research on employment and human resource topics.

We have a vacancy for a research economist with strong quantitative skills to contribute primarily to our expanding area of research in the quantitative analysis of employment and labour market data from surveys and administrative sources, including the analysis of policy impacts and costs and benefits of public policy. They will also be expected to contribute to our work for employing organisations where appropriate.

We are looking for a researcher who can:

  • contribute to the development and preparation of project proposals and research designs
  • undertake detailed statistical and econometric analysis of labour market data from surveys and administrative sources, including estimating the impacts and costs and benefits of policy programmes
  • contribute to other research activities such as literature reviews; interviews; and report writing
  • work with clients and other research team members to produce satisfactory project outcomes.

Projects are usually carried out by multi-disciplinary teams, and involve travel throughout the UK, and occasionally overseas.

The successful candidate will be a competent researcher, with a good understanding of applied research methods, and experience of using a range of social research techniques to a high standard in an applied research environment.

We offer excellent benefits including 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays and four closure days, a contributory career-average defined benefit pension scheme (USS), a tailored induction programme and personal development in empirical and quantitative methods on policy impacts and the estimation of social benefits.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this post prior to submitting your application please contact Dr Stefan Speckesser, IES Principal Economist on 01273 763412.

For full details, and to apply, visit: or contact: Recruitment, Institute for Employment Studies, City Gate, 185 Dyke Road, Brighton BN3 1TL, Tel. 01273 763421.  Email:

Application closing date: midday on Monday 12th December 2016.

IES is recognised as an Investor in People and seeks to be an equal opportunities employer. IES is a registered charity (no. 258390).

Note: Because of the nature of our work, our clients require staff to be subject to a report from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or Disclosure Scotland.

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