Graduate scheme

As one of the world’s largest networks of audit, tax and consulting firms, RSM delivers big ideas and premium service to help middle-market businesses thrive. We are a fast-growing firm with big ambitions – we have a clear goal to become the premium adviser to the middle market, globally. This vision touches everything we do, motivating and inspiring us to become better every day. If you are looking for a firm where you can build a future and make an impact, then RSM is the place for you.

Economics and policy - get the career you want at RSM

Our consulting graduate programme within RSM’s Strategy Economics and Policy (SEP) Practice will give you all the skills and support you need to unlock a future that’s packed with opportunities and new experiences. You’ll enjoy a fast-tracked career, immersed in a range of high-profile public policy and consulting subject areas, that recognises your potential and rewards your ambition.

When you join our team, you’ll enjoy a powerful combination of on-the-job learning and structured training – not to mention an impressive client list to work with. You’ll discover a culture that nurtures individuality and an environment where everyone is supported to reach their potential. With us, you’ll always be moving forward.

What does our Strategy, Economics and Policy consulting team do?

RSM’s SEP consulting team works predominantly with public sector clients to provide evidence for effective government policy making and public investment decisions. We also have a growing private sector client base. We complete mixed methods research, evaluation and analysis that has an impact on the economy and society more widely. Through the evidence-based recommendations we make, we help improve the effectiveness of public policy, programmes and practice.

We are a team of 60+ economists, evaluation experts, and social researchers working across all areas of public policy. Our recent projects include evaluations of 5G Testbeds and Covid business support schemes; studies into what affects house building rates in England; examining the impact of placed-based grant programmes for various central government departments; research into the commercialisation of intellectual property produced in the university sector; and cluster analysis in the cyber-security industry to name just a few.

Our Analysts are responsible for:

Maintaining RSM's high level of service and values, taking responsibility for ensuring timely delivery of quality research outputs to clients.
Working on consultancy projects, with responsibility for tasks such as interviewing, data analysis and managing surveys.
Contributing to reports and deliverables, drafting reports and producing charts and maps using software on which they will be trained.
Supporting economic impact modelling efforts.
Your own career development plan, setting out personal objectives, marketing your skills and expertise internally to proposal managers and externally to clients, and achieving individual performance targets (utilisation and business development).
Working with RSM colleagues to devise and implement a business development plan, making best use of RSM Marketing and Business Development resources and to raise awareness of RSM’s services.

Assisting with proposal responses to tender specifications issued by government clients in a timely and robust manner.
Developing client relationships and achieving positive client testimonials for the delivery of high-quality work.
Mentoring and coaching junior staff as required, seeking to support the team and learning ethos that exists.

What can you expect?

At RSM, you’ll be a key member of our team from day one. Our graduate programme allows you to experience working in the consultancy team alongside experienced members of the firm. You’ll benefit from on-the-job training and ongoing support from colleagues and senior staff, gaining access to our internal training courses that will help you develop in the role. This hands-on early experience is invaluable as you take the next steps in your career. You will also have a buddy (with one to two years’ experience) to help you through your first days and weeks in the firm, and access to experienced mentors and your line manager to support your development.

What we look for

We’re looking for enthusiastic self-starters who are always up for a challenge. You must also have a passion for applying economics to public policy and business problems. Economic Consulting is a diverse and demanding discipline, requiring resilience and persistence. We also look for graduates who are organised and quick to grasp new concepts. It’s important you have confidence and are detail conscious.

Working alongside Senior Consultants, you will gain experience with project budget preparation, task management and reporting so you’ll need excellent written and verbal communication skills. What separates us from our competitors is the results focused practical way in which we apply knowledge and skills to a specific business or public policy problems.

If that sounds like you, we know you’ll enjoy being part of our team.

Flexible working

At RSM we work hard to create an environment where our people can make a difference - to themselves, their career, their teams, and to the success of our firm and clients. We support all our people to work flexibly, to manage their family and other responsibilities alongside their work commitments; we believe this is key to achieving an inspiring and fulfilling working environment.

Our recruitment process

Please note, for those who perform well throughout our assessment process, should your first preference be unavailable, you could potentially be offered a role in another location or department. This would always be discussed with you in this instance.

RSM will only take one application into consideration per recruitment cycle. We do not accept multiple applications to different vacancies.

Entry requirements

At RSM, we don't just look for good exam results. We think passion, personality and originality are just as important.

You will need:

  • 112 UCAS points across 3 A Levels or an equivalent level 3 qualification, or 104 UCAS points across 4 Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers or Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level);
  • A 2:1 Masters Degree in Economics (with Econometrics modules) or related from a Russell Group University or international equivalent.

Please note, RSM does not accept General Studies, AS levels or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Diversity and Inclusion at RSM

At RSM, we want to create a strong sense of belonging so that people of all identities, backgrounds, and cultures feel they can bring their true self to work. Our clients come from all walks of life. We aim to achieve that same diversity of background, experience and perspective in our own teams, so that we can genuinely understand our client’s needs. Diverse teams bring a broader range of ideas and insights to work. That’s why we’re working together to ensure our firm’s principles and processes support a firm culture that embraces difference and strengthens inclusion.

At RSM we work hard to create an environment where our people can make a difference - to themselves, their career, their teams, and to the success of our firm and clients. We support all our people to work flexibly, to manage their family and other responsibilities alongside their work commitments; we believe this is key to achieving an inspiring and fulfilling working environment.

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Start date



Cambridge, Glasgow, Belfast, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds

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Preferred Degree Subjects

Economics and related



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