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Government Economic Service

Assistant Economist Scheme

A Brilliant Career in the Government Economic Service

Apply now to join us as an Assistant Economist

Our Role in Government

Economists play a vital role 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.

Who we are looking for

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

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

Developing your skills

We want you to take your skills and ambitions further so while you earn a competitive salary, you will get plenty of support to develop 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 an excellent range of learning opportunities to help you develop key skills which include:

  • Strong quantitative skills: you’ll become an expert in working with 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.

Other Benefits

  • Flexible working to aid work-life balance
  • Season ticket loans and cycle to work schemes
  • Sports and social activities
  • Randomised coffee trials
  • Great locations available, with many roles in central London


Applicants will need to possess or are 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.

For further details and to apply now please visit our website.

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