Global Industry – London


Job summary

We have a fantastic opportunity in our Global Industry team in our London office for a hard-working economics student on a one-year industrial placement.


Our team comprises 17 economists (some of whom are former placement students), each focused on a particular sector, such as energy generation and renewables, across the 77 countries that we cover.


The role of the placement student on our team is to provide support to the economists, forecast their own industries and contribute to monthly and quarterly reports. As the year progresses, placement students are given more interesting work, including forecasting some small macroeconomic countries so long as they perform well in producing work and supporting the economists with work that has high attention to detail.


The placement student is assigned a sector to forecast every quarter and they contribute with write-ups about their sector in our monthly and quarterly publications. Our commodities team is also supported on a monthly basis by the placement student. The industry team is involved in a number of regular and bespoke consultancy projects for a range of large industrial firms and trade associations and our placement student is typically required to help with report writing and analysis, for example, previous placement students made a significant contribution in supporting our economists for our flagship Global Construction reports and were cited within the publication while others have been able to write the front page piece of our monthly documents.


The learning curve can be steep in terms of using our Global Macroeconomic and Global Industry models, but we provide training and support throughout the placement year. In addition, we encourage our placement students to learn as many new skills as they can, such as Python. This will give the chosen placement student valuable and practical knowledge related to the application of economics to real-world questions.


Key responsibilities include:
  • Updating and maintaining economic datasets
  • Forecasting (under the supervision of our economists)
  • Data analysis and report drafting
  • Supporting ongoing or new projects
What our past students say

The placement programme in the Global Industry team was excellent. I was able to apply my economic theory from my degree to real-life markets in both a micro and macroeconomic landscape and learn the fundamentals behind forecasting, which is a highly valuable skill. The opportunities I was provided with to learn and work on a variety of projects were great. This ranged from coding to consulting experiences to writing research reports that were used by clients. The team was very friendly and very encouraging in supporting my personal development and placement experience.

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