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We believe in investing in our early career talent and providing opportunities to develop your skills in a supportive and inclusive environment. Join us and apply your experience in economics with a leading consultancy and forecasting company. With our global range of sectors and variety of work, you'll easily find your perfect role.

Thank you for your interest in our graduate programme. The application period for 2024-25 graduates has now closed.  Recruitment for the 2025-26 programme will begin in October.

Our two-year graduate rotation programme immerses recent graduates into six-month job rotations within our economic consultancy services in London or Belfast. 

As an Assistant Economist, you will be working closely with experienced economists and will be expected to take responsibility for your work from an early stage. As you rotate between teams, you will have the opportunity to work on Oxford Economics’ global macro, city and sectoral forecasts and prepare articles on topical economic issues; develop econometric forecasting tools; undertake ‘what if’ scenario analysis; and assist senior economists on a variety of consultancy projects.

By the end of the programme, you will be able to:

  • Apply your formal economics training to real world issues
  • Interact confidently with clients and the media to explain your work
  • Manage your time efficiently and balance several competing priorities
  • Apply a range of analytical techniques and software packages to bring insight
  • Write concisely and with impact on complex issues

General requirements for all roles:

  • Degree in Economics
  • A good grasp of economic theory
  • Expected grade of 2:1 or above
  • Strong proficiency in Excel
  • A good eye for detail
  • Experience using economic analysis and a variety of data in course work
  • Experience with the manipulation of datasets and with software such as Access/Stata/Eviews is a plus

Apprenticeship Programme

We partner with the University of Kent to offer the Level 6 Professional Economist Degree Apprenticeship, offering you the chance to gain on-the-job training in our four-year rotation programme, all whilst obtaining your economics degree.

You will work alongside our economists to gain in-depth experience in the practical use of advanced statistical and modelling software, data visualisation tools and mapping software, as well as practical knowledge related to the application of economics to real-world questions.

Your off-the-job training will be delivered by the University of Kent’s School of Economics, and has been designed to cover all of the nationally agreed economics subject benchmark content required for the award of a BSc Degree qualification in economics.

Opportunities are available for the apprentice programme in our London office, and recruitment for our 2024 cohort will begin in February.

Please direct any enquires about the application process to [email protected]

Placement Year

Thank you for your interest in our industrial year placement programme. The application period for 2024-25 placements has now closed.  Recruitment for the 2025-26 programme will begin in October.

Our placement programme offers economics students an opportunity to join our teams in London, Belfast and Oxford on a one year industrial placement. We offer a variety of positions that involve micro, macro, scenarios, econometrics, data, real estate, and environmental work and are focused across a range of global regions. During your placement year, you will work closely with our experienced team of economists and take on some responsibility for analysis, country forecasting and econometrics. By the end of the year, you will achieve an in-depth practical knowledge related to your degree subject.

General requirements for all roles: 

  • A good grasp of economic theory
  • Expected grade of 2:1 or above
  • Strong proficiency with Excel
  • Experience with economic data and analysis
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Proactive problem-solving approach
  • A good eye for detail
  • Experience with manipulation of data sets using software such as Access/Stata/Eviews/R/Python is a plus


1 out of 3

“Very exciting to have been interviewed by the Economic Review and published in their magazine for A Level students. Was nice to share my experience of my placement year at Oxford Economics and encourage others to undertake a placement year themselves.” 

Morgan Ansell, Placement Student

2 out of 3

“My time as a graduate economist at Oxford Economics has been an interesting and all-round positive experience. As the teams are small, I have worked alongside and learnt from experienced, senior colleagues from my first day. Furthermore, contributing to client deliverables on a daily basis has made me feel valued.”

Andrew Graham, Graduate Economist

3 out of 3

“Since joining Oxford Economics 4 years ago, I have had countless opportunities to develop my career as a professional economist. Every day we tackle a different subject, and the projects are varied and interesting. Having the opportunity to apply my knowledge beyond the textbooks has been invaluable in building an understanding of ‘real-world’ economics, and Oxford Economics has provided the perfect environment to explore new concepts and grow as an economist.”

George Bowen, Senior Economist, Cities Subscription Services


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