We draw on deep backgrounds in economics and politics to bring you solutions that work in today’s political climate.
Data Insights Researcher/Analyst
£25-£30k depending on experience.
WPI Economics is a specialist economics and public policy consultancy. We work with a range of clients, including major FTSE firms, national and local charities and central and local government. All of our work is focused on using economics, research, data, and political insight to make an impact on policy. We have recently worked on topics as varied as:
- Poverty measurement in the UK;
- Incentivising the take up of electric vehicles in the UK;
- The role of technology in tackling loneliness;
- Fiscal devolution in combined authorities;
- Behavioural insights into consumer responses to flooding.
In each of these areas we have provided clients with in-depth policy research, strategic advice and hands-on support to help them understand, design, and / or implement policy.
What is the opportunity?
We are expanding our data insights function and are looking for someone that gets excited by all things quantitative, to process and analyse data sources in all shapes and sizes. Central to this will be official government surveys (e.g. Labour Force Survey, Living Costs and Food, Family Resources, Understanding Society etc.), data from our primary research, client supplied data, and administrative data. Some outputs will be populating the backend of online data tools, others will require drawing out findings and insights to incorporate into structured reports and articles around public policy issues.
For this role, you will:
- Be based in our busy and friendly office in the heart of Westminster;
- Support public policy and economic consulting work by supplying quantitative evidence on the policy issues that matter today;
- Build or further develop your understanding of UK politics and gain experience working on multiple different policy areas and issues; and
- Contribute to the direction and growth of a growing small business.
What are the responsibilities?
We are a small team of eight, meaning we cover a range of different areas of work. You will be involved directly or indirectly on a range of topics, from investigation of social policy issues to understanding the economic and social impacts of new technologies and industries. To provide an example of the day-to-day work of this role, your insights will shape:
- an exciting new phase of development for the London Poverty Profile, with new development planned for the website, and an ambitious program of thematic reports.
- Contributing to our ongoing analytical and research support for the Social Metrics Commission, which has developed a groundbreaking new measure of poverty for the UK.
- Insight articles exploring data findings on pertinent policy issues to be published on the WPI website, and other ad-hoc analyses contributing vital evidence to support the other ongoing projects of the business.
- Communications and writing skills: the ability to clearly and concisely distil complex analyses into a clear and comprehensible set of findings in both verbal and written formats.
- Quantitative experience: experience of applying statistical and/or economic techniques to provide analysis and insight that makes an impact with experts and non-experts. In particular, experience or ambition to learn data analysis and modelling skills in code environments, especially R, STATA, SPSS.
- Large-scale survey data experience: (e.g. Labour Force Survey, Understanding Society) and / or Government datasets such as Stat-Xplore and NOMIS would be an advantage.
- Data visualisation: Experience of (or ambition to gain experience in) creating data visualisations and interactive data dashboards using packages such as Tableau, QGIS, ArcGIS, and R.
- Research skills: experience of using a wide range of sources including government documents, academic literature, and grey literature, to produce insightful and accurate analyses and summaries of policy issues.
- Policy interest: an interest in the main policy debates occurring within the United Kingdom, and interest/experience in applying theory to practical policy issues.
- Political awareness: an appreciation and understanding of political news, trends, and issues, and the ability to understand their implications for the business, and clients.
We offer a competitive package that will be based on the experience and skills of the successful candidate. We are a certified London Living Wage employer.
It is envisaged that the salary ranges for this position will be in the region of £30,000 per annum, based on experience.
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Equal opportunities, diversity, and flexible working
We are an equal opportunities employer and value diversity. We are also happy to discuss, and actively encourage, flexible working arrangements.
WPI Economics is an accredited Living Wage Employer and proud supporter of the Time to Change initiative.
How to apply
Please send a CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.