Economist – Cities Forecasting


Economist, Cities Team, Belfast

Oxford Economics is a leading global provider of economic forecasts, research, and consulting solutions. We are seeking an Economist to join our Cities Team to be based in our Belfast office. The team is responsible for our unique suite of services that cover more than 8,000 cities and regions across the world, providing regularly updated forecasts, scenarios, and analysis for each location.

We are looking for candidates with an economics background to join the team to work primarily on our UK Regional and Local Authority District services and related consultancy projects.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast-growing company at the forefront of the industry. We offer a rewarding work environment with room for growth, highly competitive salary package (including bonus plan), and an excellent benefits package.

Key Responsibilities

In this role, you will contribute to all aspects of the production, delivery and development of our existing city forecasting services. This includes:

  • Maintaining and enhancing our suite of sub-national forecasting models;
  • Forming baseline economic forecasts and alternative scenarios for UK regions and local authorities on a quarterly basis;
  • Producing insightful economic analysis for these geographies, including quarterly outlook publications and in-depth reports on key topics;
  • Articulating key messages from our forecasts via reports, webinars, presentations and client meetings
Candidate Requirement

The successful candidate should have a genuine interest in city and regional economics and at least 2 years’ relevant experience. Skills and qualifications relevant to this role include:

  • A strong academic background in economics or a related discipline;
  • Strong Excel skills are essential and experience in using database programming languages using software such as EViews, R, Stata or Python, is desirable;
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, including the ability to explain technical concepts and quantitative results, to non-specialists.
Our team

Our Cities Team, consisting of around 40 economists, help our clients understand the structure of city and regional economies, how they will develop in the future, and the implications for their business and strategy. Economic forecasting and analysis are key aspects of our work. The team’s client base is global, and includes firms in the real estate sector, financial services, B2C companies, think tanks, and government/public sector organisations. Recent examples of the work produced by the wider cities team is available to view on our Resource Hub.

Oxford Economics is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

About Oxford Economics

Oxford Economics was founded in 1981 as a commercial venture with Oxford University’s business college to provide economic forecasting and modelling to UK companies and financial institutions expanding abroad. Since then, we have become one of the world’s foremost independent global advisory firms, providing reports, forecasts and analytical tools on more than 200 countries, 250 industrial sectors, and 7,000 cities and regions. Our best-of-class global economic and industry models and analytical tools give us an unparalleled ability to forecast external market trends and assess their economic, social and business impact.

Headquartered in Oxford, England, with regional centres in London, New York, and Singapore, Oxford Economics has offices across the globe in Belfast, Boston, Cape Town, Chicago, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Paris, Philadelphia, Sydney, Tokyo, and Toronto. We employ 400 full-time staff, including more than 250 professional economists, industry experts and business editors—one of the largest teams of macroeconomists and thought leadership specialists. Our global team is highly skilled in a full range of research techniques and thought leadership capabilities, from econometric modelling, scenario framing, and economic impact analysis to market surveys, case studies, expert panels, and web analytics.

Oxford Economics is a key adviser to corporate, financial and government decision-makers and thought leaders. Our worldwide client base now comprises over 2,000 international organisations, including leading multinational companies and financial institutions; key government bodies and trade associations; and top universities, consultancies, and think tanks.

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