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Job description

We are looking to recruit an exceptional economist to join the Security and Online Harms (SOH) Directorate with a view to starting as soon as possible. This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of the Internet and tech in the UK - an industry which plays an intrinsic role in people's lives as well as being a substantial part of the UK economy. Our teams work closely with industry, civil society, regulators, academia and policy makers across DCMS and Whitehall. The role will provide exciting opportunities to drive forward existing policy priorities for Ministers as well as leading strategic thinking about new challenges facing the online world.

Key responsibilities of this role include:

Supporting the development of policy, legislation and regulation relating to online harms including developing the evidence base and delivering cost benefit analysis on proposals. This includes developing the business case and impact assessment for new legislative proposals.
Leading analytical support on international governance, digital national security and disinformation for security and online harms. This will include developing a programme of internal and external commissioned research to further the evidence base.
Building relationships with a wide community of stakeholders, both analytical and policy, to help deliver this broad cross-cutting agenda - in particular working with colleagues in Home Office, Cabinet Office, FCO, DH, BEIS, IPO and MoJ, as well as counterparts in major technology companies, charities and academia.

Candidates will need to demonstrate the following key Civil Service Behaviours at Grade 7 (see Level 4 - Grade 7 and 6 or equivalent) level:

Making effective decisions: Keen understanding of research and analysis, together with the ability to gather and analyse large amounts of evidence with a view to presenting recommendations and taking confident decisions based on complex and sometimes incomplete evidence.

Seeing the big picture: Strategic and innovative thinking with the ability to bring together a wide range of views and deliver high-quality outputs. Proven ability to pick up complex policy areas rapidly and spot the key policy trade-offs.

Changing and improving: Making changes that add value and clearly articulating benefits of changes as well as encouraging, recognising and sharing innovative ideas from a diverse range of colleagues and stakeholders.

Communicating and influencing: Build trust, taking account of individual people's needs. Explain complex issues in a way that is easy to understand. Deliver difficult messages with clarity and sensitivity, being persuasive when required.

Working Together: Work closely and productively with a wide community of internal and external stakeholders, build strong relationships and consensus around what are important issues to pursue. You will also need to be able to negotiate policy effectively and with confidence.

As this is a specialist analytical role candidates will need to demonstrate that they meet the Technical Skills (specific professional skills, knowledge or qualifications) for the Government Economic Service profession. Candidates must provide no more than 250 words EACH for BOTH analytical competencies outlined below.

Application of economic knowledge - confidently apply economic tools and techniques, and synthesise evidence from a range of sources. Provide expert advice with regards to appraisal, impact assessments, evidence based business cases, and evaluation.

Effective communication: Communicate analysis in a way that is understood by your customers and broader audiences. Engage clearly and authoritatively with policy officials, other analysts and non-economist colleagues.

You will be asked to tell us about any qualifications or current memberships in the application process


It is essential that candidates have a degree (minimum 2:1) at least half of which must be economics modules or a Masters in Economics. This is a minimum requirement to join the Government Economic Service (GES).


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • Application of economic knowledge
  • Effective communication



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


No relocation allowance

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check .

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

An initial sift based on behaviour 1 may be held if a large number of applications are received.
If your application progresses to a full sift, all behaviours will then be considered.

As part of the recruitment process we reserve the right to ask shortlisted candidates to complete a supplementary assessment. If applicable, further details will be provided following the shortlist.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Job Sector
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Job Position
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