Economist, Cities


Oxford Economics is a leading global provider of economic forecasts, research, and consulting solutions. We are seeking an Economist or Senior Economist to join our Cities Team, focusing on economic impact analysis. The position is based in either our London or Belfast office.

Our economic impact analysis includes demonstrating the social, environmental, and economic impact of an organisation’s activities on local communities, measuring the effects of economic policy changes for governments, and quantifying the impact of regional economic development strategies. With decades of experience, commitment to methodological rigour, and independence, our findings are trusted by stakeholders across government and business.

We are looking for candidates with an economics background and experience of delivering projects relevant to impact analysis. The role offers the successful candidate the opportunity to contribute to, and lead, a range of 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 towards the successful completion of client projects covering a wide range of topics across different geographical areas. This includes:

  • Maintaining and enhancing our suite of sub-national impact models;
  • Working on a range of sub-national economic impact projects across the globe (which may require limited travel from time to time);
  • Contributing to and leading project work, managing projects from inception to completion, and addressing challenges along the way;
  • Working with senior colleagues to develop research proposals, innovative methodologies, and structuring projects to meet client requirements, with progression to leading on the development of new proposals;
  • Communicating with clients and potential clients effectively, responding promptly and positively to their enquiries, and building on existing and new client relationships;
  • Balancing priorities across multiple projects and forecasting responsibilities, with the potential for progression to line management responsibilities.
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;
  • Experience of using input-output tables and/or social account matrix modelling;
  • 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 impact analysis is a key aspect 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.

How to Apply

To apply for the role, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you meet the person specification and where you have relevant experience of elements and attributes of the role. 

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, colour, 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 8,000 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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