Assistant Economist

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
Part time Full day
£30,188 - £33,210 / year

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£33,210 (London), £30,188 (National)


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Type of role


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Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

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Darlington, London, Wolverhampton

About the job


We are recruiting for Assistant Economists to join the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Analysis and Data Directorate. We are an energetic, innovative and high calibre analytical Directorate that aims to attract and retain the most talented people. The Directorate is continuously in demand from senior officials, Ministers and other government departments (including Number 10, HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office), all of whom rely on us to produce robust analysis that shapes policymaking

The Department’s recent renaming and remit changes brings an even greater responsibility and public profile to our work, placing it at the centre of the Government’s agenda to reduce inequalities between places

Successful candidates will be allocated to roles across the Directorate, delivering business-critical work in the following divisions:

  • Housing and Planning Analysis, which provides the very best quality analytical service in support of the department’s objectives on housing and planning. The division has been highly influential in shaping and designing housing and planning policy, including vital contributions to the 300,000 homes ambition, national planning reforms, homeownership policies such as Help to Buy, the Social Housing White Paper and key programmes such as the Affordable Housing Programme
  • Local Policy Analysis, which plays an instrumental role in the delivery of effective, local public services and cohesive, integrated communities. Its analysts play a central role in the design and delivery of local government finance and integration policies, both of which will be critical in delivering the Levelling Up agenda
  • Safer and Greener Buildings Analysis: a multi-disciplinary division of analysts specialising in data and analysis of buildings safety and performance. The Division's analysis informs policymaking on some of the most important and high-profile policy issues for Government, including making buildings safer after the Grenfell tragedy, climate change and other improvements to building quality.

Job description

All roles will involve the analysis of data and evidence for crucial decision-making across the Department’s high profile policy areas. Roles will include a combination of several of the following types of work, for which training and supervision will be provided:

  • Appraisal of policy proposals using HM Treasury Green Book techniques, including cost-benefit analysis, including for major fiscal events (Budgets, Spending Reviews and Spring Statements)
  • The use of data visualisation techniques to allow policy teams and Ministers to observe trends and policy progress;
  • Collaboration with other analysts such as statisticians and social researchers, for example to design and deliver monitoring and evaluation projects;
  • Analysis of proposed regulatory changes, for example in Impact Assessments – an essential part of the policymaking process.


Person Specification

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply core micro and macroeconomic concepts in real life contexts, for example considering the reasons why government intervene
  • Communicate analytical messages in plain English, drawing out key conclusions
  • Manage competing priorities to allow on-time delivery of projects
  • Work collaboratively with others, including other analysts and those from other professions

We take the wellbeing and development of our staff very seriously. We provide extensive opportunities to expand skills, build links with other professions and make best use of technology.


To qualify for membership of the Government Economic Service (GES) you must 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

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.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions

  • Working Together

  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Application of Knowledge

  • Effective Communication


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension

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