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Government Economic Service

Assistant Economist Scheme

Salary notes: 
Job/scheme locations: 
Coventry, East Kilbride, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sheffield
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Application deadline: 

Build a forward-thinking career in the Government Economic Service.

Apply now to work as an Assistant Economist

Are you interested in helping shape government policy by producing high quality analysis?

Do you want to develop a career developing technical expertise essential to decision making?

As an Assistant Economist, your analysis could play a vital role in a wide range of areas, from negotiating new trade deals to building vital infrastructure, from supporting regional growth to monitoring changes in the labour market.

Who we are looking for

This is a recruitment scheme for economics graduates. To help us deliver analysis we are recruiting over 100 economists to join us and influence the day-to-day lives of every person in the UK.

You will join a community of around 2,000 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 and personal skills through time given to your continuous professional development. 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
  • Opportunities to network with peers from across departments.
  • 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 master’s degree 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 behaviours 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 more information on working in the Government Economics Service, please visit our website.

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