Graduate Programme – Belfast

About Tourism Economics

Tourism Economics is an Oxford Economics company dedicated to analytical support for the Travel & Tourism sector worldwide. We provide quarterly updated global forecast travel data sets for 185 countries and over 300 cities consistent with the economic and demographic outlook for origins and destinations. Tourism Economics also support businesses and destinations with economic impact analysis that highlights the value of visitors, events, developments, and industry segments, as well as policy analysis and market assessments that define market allocation and investment decisions. See here for further examples of our recent analysis.

The Role

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; or assist senior economists on a variety of consultancy projects.

By the end of the program, 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
Training Opportunities

Graduate Economists/Analysts will have the opportunity to partake in a diverse range of training opportunities, including formal training sessions designed to support you in reaching your professional and personal development goals. You will be supported by comprehensive training on the unique technical and business skills needed to handle economics projects, forecasts and research.

Other training helps you to hone your communication, project management, presentation, and advanced econometric and Excel skills. This training will be delivered via short courses, on-the-job training, and a group project.

Your first few weeks at Oxford Economics will include a carefully curated schedule of training with leading economists, HR professionals, marketing, and program alumni.  You will learn more about the work of all of the teams across Oxford Economics and get practical training on topics such as:

  • Using the Oxford Economics Global Economic Model
  • Excel and Power BI for economists
  • Econometrics applications
  • Data tools
  • Writing skills
The Working Environment

Although a large global organisation with more than 500 staff in total, we strive to retain the best features of our original start-up environment. We cultivate entrepreneurial thinking by supporting staff to pursue opportunities and map their own career paths. This means an informal but hard-working culture. Remote working arrangements are available.

With more than 20 offices around the world, you will have the opportunity to explore your interests on a global scale. 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.


Oxford Economics’ graduate employment program is for high-achieving candidates with a passion for economics 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 must be a fast learner with strong analytical skills and keen attention to detail. You should be comfortable meeting tight deadlines and working under your own initiative.

Successful candidates are highly numerate and have excellent 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. The ability to communicate clearly and concisely is essential, as is fluency in English.

We welcome applications from those who meet the following requirements:

  • A degree in economics or a closely related subject, preferably at a postgraduate level
  • An excellent academic record
  • Fluent English, both written and spoken
  • A demonstrable interest in economics
  • Some work experience, whether paid or voluntary (is highly desirable)
  • The right to work in the UK (or the country for which you are applying).
  • We also consider applications from recent graduates with experience in academic research, civil service, financial services, or consultancy.
How To Apply

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so we recommend submitting your application as soon as possible for consideration. We acknowledge all applications and will contact you by email if we wish to proceed with your candidacy. Email your CV and cover letter to [email protected] with “Graduate Economists 2023 (Belfast)” in the subject line.

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 the law.

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