Graduate Assistant Economist – Economic Impact (Singapore)

Would you like to work for a world leader in economic, business and financial analysis?

Do you follow economic events closely? Would you like to advise organisations on the implications of the major economic trends that matter to them? To influence decisions about where businesses invest, what government policy should be, or how senior executives think about key business risks and opportunities? Would you like to be part of a 300-strong team of economists across more than 20 offices around the world?

Who are we looking for?

Oxford Economics is looking for high-achieving graduates who want to apply their understanding of economics to real world issues. You must be able to put together logical economic arguments and explain them convincingly to economists and non-economists alike. You will need to be eager to learn with strong analytical skills and a keen attention to detail. You should be comfortable meeting tight deadlines, responding flexibly to a range of challenges, and working under your own initiative.

Successful candidates are highly numerate and have good technical skills. They work well with others, take responsibility for the quality and timeliness of their work, and demonstrate a creative approach to problem-solving. Fluency in English is essential, as is the ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing and verbally.

We welcome applications from those who meet this description with:

  • Degree in economics.
  • Demonstrable interest in economics.
  • An excellent academic record.
  • Excellent quantitative skills (e.g. Excel, Eviews, Stata, R, Python or other statistical software).
  • Singaporeans and PRs only.
What training do we offer?

We are a fast-growing, independent consultancy with a global reach. Our goals are to provide excellent analysis, forecasting, research and analytical tools to our clients; and interesting, challenging and rewarding careers for our staff.

Graduate trainees do work that matters from their first week. They are supported by comprehensive training on the technical and business skills needed to handle economics projects, forecasts and research.

The training includes report writing, communication skills, influencing, presentation and project management as well as advanced excel skills, econometrics, our proprietary Global Economic Model and introductory programming. It is delivered through short courses, a group project and on-the-job training

What work will you do?

You will contribute to Oxford Economics’ economic consultancy services, working with our large global team of economists on a variety of projects, including bespoke economic impact modelling.

The global economics team contains 6 pillars: Macro and investor services; scenarios and modelling; macroeconomic consulting; economic impact consulting; cities; and industries.

This opportunity relates specifically to the Economic Impact Consulting team in Singapore.

The Economic Impact Consulting team tackles a wide range of questions raised by our clients. This team publishes research reports on varied themes, such as quantifying the impact a major company makes on an economy, estimating the value created for society by cultural institutions like museums, modelling the potential productivity gains from technological change, or simulating how the labour market evolves around automation.

Examples of our work globally are available here.

Here are some examples of recent projects.

A Platform for Indonesian Opportunity – Assessing the economic, societal, and cultural impact of YouTube in Indonesia in 2021


How Robots Change the World: What automation really means for jobs and productivity


Airbnb supporting economic recovery in Asia-Pacific


International Wine and Spirits in ASEAN: The economic contribution of the international wine and spirits value chain in Thailand and Vietnam


Technology and the Future of ASEAN jobs: The impact of AI on workers in ASEAN’s six largest economies


The economic impact of the agri-food sector in Southeast Asia


What are the opportunities for progression?

Successful progress through the training period is marked by completing a six-month probationary period and earning promotion from Assistant Economist to Economist after one year.

As a fast-growing company, we can offer a flexible career path designed to suit your strengths and interests.

At all levels we offer a competitive salary package, including a performance-related bonus, and regular pay reviews.

What is the working environment like?

We are now a global organisation employing 250 economists, but we strive to retain the best features of the original start-up environment. This means an informal but hard-working culture where flexible working arrangements are available. We cultivate entrepreneurial thinking, for example in supporting staff to pursue opportunities and map their own career paths. Nowhere is this truer than in the Singapore consulting team, which is small but quickly growing.

Our culture is modern, open and collaborative. You will be working closely with experienced economists and expected to take responsibility for your work from an early stage.

As well as working hard, we encourage employees to volunteer in the community. There are regular social events and staff parties, and more informal lunchtime and evening activities, often organised by individuals.

In Singapore, you will be entitled to private health care, annual purchase leave scheme and various other company benefits.

How to apply

Please send your CV (resumé) and a cover letter to [email protected] with the subject title: Application: Singapore Graduate Assistant Economist.

Your cover letter should clearly explain how you meet our requirements. Your application should cover your economics modules and grades.

Applications by CV only will not be considered. If you are applying via the mycareers portal, please combine your cover letter with CV in the file upload.

Our recruitment process

Applications will close by 15th November 2023. We will contact you by email if we wish to proceed with your application.

The selection process will involve up to two in-person interviews in our Singapore office as well as practical written exercises to assess your economics skills and the competencies outlined above.

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