Economist Consulting (London)

About Oxford Economics

Oxford Economics is one of the world’s leading economic consultancy firms. Headquartered in Oxford, with regional centres in London, New York, and Singapore, we employ over 300 full-time people, including more than 200 professional economists, industry experts and business editors. Our worldwide client base now comprises over 1000 international organisations, including leading multinational companies and financial institutions; key government bodies and trade associations; and top universities, consultancies, and think tanks.

About the Economist role

We are looking to hire an Economist to join the consulting directorate of Oxford Economics. The consulting team is based in OE’s London office and consists of around 26 economists. The team tackles a wide range of questions raised by our clients, from quantifying the economic impact of some of the world’s largest airlines and evaluating the effect on the UK economy of leaving the EU, to valuing the social contribution of housing and debt-relief charities. Further examples of our work are available here.

Economists in the consulting team typically work on two or three research projects at a time. Consulting projects usually run for between two and six months, and culminate in a report or presentation to a client. At any one time there are around 30 projects in progress across the directorate. Economists are expected to contribute in a wide variety of ways to different aspects of an engagement, reporting to an Associate Director or Lead Economist in undertaking modelling and data analysis, drafting reports to a high standard and explaining analysis to clients. Some specific types of analysis undertaken by our Economists include developing models based on input-output tables or quantifying economic impacts using a range of other quantitative tools such as SROI and cost-benefit analysis.

The role offers an excellent opportunity to work with our diverse range of clients based all over the world and in all sectors. As well as strong quantitative analysis skills, our Economists excel in written and verbal communication, allowing them to explain complex concepts in a clear and accessible way. Economists also have the opportunity to work with senior colleagues in the production of research proposals for potential clients.

Job Description

Key elements of the role include the following:

  • Take the lead on aspects of project work, undertaking robust and rigorous economic analysis in the delivery of consultancy projects;
  • Apply quantitative analytical techniques to large datasets using software such as Excel;
  • Communicate with clients and potential clients effectively, responding promptly and positively to their enquiries;
  • Work with senior colleagues to develop research proposals, project reports and presentations;
  • Be able to plan and structure one’s own project work, ensuring sufficient time for quality assurance from senior colleagues; and
  • Take the initiative in suggesting ways to strengthen the quality of our analysis.

Person Specification

This exciting role would suit someone with up to four years’ experience as a professional economist. The successful candidate will be rigorous, adaptable and creative in seeking solutions to difficult economic questions. Economists should also have the following attributes.


  • Experience of quantitative economic analysis and a variety of data;
  • Evidence of successful quantitative project work and report-writing (such as a Masters dissertation);
  • Familiarity with Excel and the manipulation of large datasets;
  • Evidence of being creative in using economics to answer practical questions;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, including the ability to explain economic concepts and quantitative results, as well as their implications, to non-specialists; and
  • Attention to detail and a commitment to going the extra mile to produce rigorous, accurate work, within the constraints of the time and resources available.


  • A post-graduate degree in economics or a closely-related quantitative discipline;
  • Experience with quantitative analysis software such as Eviews or Stata;
  • Familiarity with analytical techniques such as IO modelling, cost-benefit analysis, econometrics or forecasting.

Location: Oxford Economics’ London office, 21 Broadwall House, London, SE1 9PL

How to Apply

To apply for the role, please submit a CV, example of past work, and covering letter, detailing how you meet the person specification and where you have relevant experience of elements and attributes of the role. Applications should be sent to: . The closing date for applications is 0900 on 20th August 2017.

Applicants must have the existing and ongoing right to work in the UK.