CMA1466 Assistant Economist

Date Posted: 22 days ago
Salary: £33,119 - £37,209 a year
London•Temporarily Remote

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£33,119 - £37,209


Higher Executive Officer

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Type of role


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Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

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London, Canary Wharf or Edinburgh, One Lochrin Square

About the job


Economics is at the heart of the Competition and Markets Authority’s work. We have a number of exciting opportunities which call for enthusiastic economists keen to work on large-scale investigations within a diverse, inclusive and international organisation dedicated to promoting competition for the benefit of consumers.

Job description

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is one of the world's top competition and consumer agencies. With markets changing fast we are currently undergoing rapid business expansion, presenting new opportunities for skilled Assistant Economists. This is an exciting time to join us.

As an Assistant Economist, you will have the opportunity to work on diverse cases across the full range of projects the CMA undertakes. Such cases have recently included:
  • Taking action against drug companies accused of over-charging the NHS;
  • Undertaking major studies into the digital advertising industry and electric vehicle charging infrastructure;
  • Taking action to protect consumers from opportunistic and anticompetitive behaviour from the pandemic;
  • Handling regulatory appeals which affect the prices paid for energy and water by every household and firm in the UK.

You will join a strong community of economists, working in a collaborative, collegiate atmosphere. We are an international team; our economists have a range of backgrounds and nationalities. You will work in small, dedicated teams undertaking economic analysis to assess competitive effects in markets; you will be provided with structured training opportunities covering both technical, economic skills and more general training; you will also be expected to contribute to the intellectual development of the team of professional economists.

These roles will suit individuals who are driven yet enjoy working in a collegiate, professional team. You will be ideally placed to identify and benefit from opportunities for career progression across the organisation and you will discover a working environment where there is real emphasis on working together and developing each other to deliver to the very highest standards.

Our structured training programme, as well as the wider Civil Service training progamme, provides a range of opportunities for continuous improvement and learning to develop your economic expertise including training courses, lunchtime seminars and discussion groups on economics topics. We will also support and encourage you to develop your wider skills – including communications, drafting, management skills and project management.

The CMA prides itself on being a great place to work and strives to ensure that staff have the opportunity to grow and expand their skills portfolio. As well as being a hugely rewarding, diverse and stimulating place to work, you will have an opportunity to work for the public good and to stretch and develop yourself while doing so.

We are looking for applicants to be based either in our London or Edinburgh offices. CMA staff in both offices work together in an integrated way across the full range of projects. You will have the opportunity for some home working.

As mentioned, the CMA is a hugely diverse, rewarding and stimulating place to work – an opportunity to work for the public good and to stretch and develop yourself in doing so. We offer generous benefits, including an excellent pension scheme, at least 25 days leave (increasing to 30 over five years), and generous maternity/paternity leave provision. You can also take advantage of interest-free season ticket loans, a cycle to work scheme, our employee assistance programme and favourable consideration of flexible working.


  • Engage with senior economists to develop the economic analysis in their projects, including developing economic theories to explain how competition can be affected, gathering appropriate evidence (for example, drafting data or other information requests and survey questionnaires), and identifying how the economic analysis contributes to the CMA’s projects.
  • Deliver high quality and timely economic analysis under the guidance of more senior economists. Responsibilities may include: carrying out industry research, compiling datasets and analysing them; critically assessing and interpreting evidence and submissions; identifying relevant academic papers or other sources of publicly available information; and forming judgments as to how the analysis can be used in an investigation.
  • Communicate clearly and accurately, both orally and in writing, in particular by drafting substantial sections of working papers and published reports. This includes presentation of economic analysis to both technical and non-technical audiences (economists and non-economists).
  • Manage own time effectively to ensure work is delivered to the agreed timescale, ensuring managers are kept informed of relevant analysis and potential risks or limitations.
  • Establish effective working relationships with colleagues across different professions in the CMA and with external stakeholders (such as parties to the investigation/inquiry).
  • Proactively develop own skills, knowledge and career in the CMA in conjunction with line manager. The CMA provides a structured training programme covering technical, economic training and more general training.
  • Whilst the role holder will typically not have staff or work management responsibility, they may, on occasion, line manage Economic Interns.
  • Make a contribution to the wider intellectual development of the team of professional economists, for example presenting at staff seminars/workshops and providing feedback from conferences or courses attended. The role holder may also be required to contribute to the recruitment of Economic Interns.

To find out more about this opportunity and about working for the CMA, click on the Apply button.

Closing date for this role : 11.55pm on Wednesday 22nd September 2021.

During the Covid-19 pandemic period, our staff at the CMA have been required to work from home to continue delivering our objectives. From October 2021 onward, the CMA, like many other organisations, will move to a hybrid working model with a mix of office and home working. We believe this supports us to deliver our best work while allowing the flexibility to maintain balanced and healthy lives. Our staff work at least 50% of their time from their office location

PLEASE NOTE: We are also advertising for an Assistant Econometricians. Please feel free to consider this position also. You can view this role on Civil Service Jobs under the CMA.

Equal Opportunity

The Civil Service is committed to providing services and developing policies which embrace diversity, promote equality of opportunity and eliminate unlawful discrimination. We are an equal opportunities employer and treat every application on the basis of merit alone. We also offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet our minimum selection criteria.

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of the following protected characteristics: Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Marriage & Civil Partnership, Pregnancy & Maternity and we will not tolerate any discrimination on those grounds.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The CMA is an accredited Disability Confident Employer and are Stonewall Diversity Champions. Disabled applicants meeting the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview. As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds and recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The CMA are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. It is a priority to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we welcome applications from under-represented groups, including ethnically diverse people, people with a disability, and people with diverse gender identities.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Economics (competition or regulatory)


All Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) employees enjoy the following benefits package:
  • An excellent pension scheme
  • 25 days leave (increasing to 30 days over five years)
  • Favourable consideration of flexible working
  • Generous maternity/paternity leave provision
  • Interest-free season ticket loans
  • Cycle to work scheme and our employee assistance programme.

Any move to the CMA from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at .

If you’re already a civil servant being appointed on level transfer, you’ll retain your existing terms, including annual leave. Where you’re being promoted, however, you’ll receive the greater of a 10% pay increase or the new grade minimum. Applicants new to the civil service may be considered for appointment at a salary higher than the starting point indicated above (depending on skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications).

The CMA may require you to work from home to continue delivering our objectives during the Covid-19 pandemic period. Any remote or home working arrangement is temporary only and does not constitute a permanent change to your designated place of work or working conditions.

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