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Building Digital UK (BDUK):

You will be working in the Building Digital UK (BDUK) directorate, which contains the flagship government digital infrastructure delivery programmes; aiming to make sure everyone in the UK has a fast and reliable internet connection and helping meet the Government's digital infrastructure targets. These Programmes include:

Superfast Broadband Programme; investing £1.7bn of public money to deliver Superfast broadband coverage to UK's homes and businesses; £294m Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) programme; trialling ways in which Government can invest in fibre infrastructure to stimulate the market to deliver even more gigabit capable connectivity;
700MHz clearance programme; clearing the spectrum for future mobile broadband use.

Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme; the first £200m to implement the findings of the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review and is expected to lay the foundation for a much larger scale body of work, with budgets estimated in the region of £3-£5bn over the next 15 years. These programmes are part of the Government Major Project Portfolio (GMPP) reporting to the Infrastructure Projects Authority; this includes reporting on the benefits of these programmes.

BDUK provides an opportunity to work in a fast-moving project team which has a mix of civil servants and specialist experts, and will enable you to gain wide-ranging and challenging experience of commercial and delivery issues with a strong policy focus. The roles drive strategic and time-critical decisions about the scope and direction of major government infrastructure programmes, informing and shaping the development and delivery of policy on the future of the telecoms industry, helping create new and innovative delivery models and informing business cases for future digital infrastructure programmes.

Key responsibilities of the BDUK role include:

Conducting economic analysis of existing or new BDUK programmes and projects.
Providing economic input into the design and implementation of evaluations of BDUK's flagship programmes; ensuring these are built from the ground up with economic evaluation in mind, and inform the ongoing business case for investment in digital infrastructure. These will include:the Superfast Broadband evaluation: this is in its implementation phase; the Local Full Fibre Network programme evaluation; this is in its scoping phase;
the forthcoming Gigabit Voucher Scheme evaluation;
the new Rural Gigabit Connectivity evaluation.

Providing specific economic input into:

Design and application of complex coverage and benefit models. These generate Benefit Cost Ratios for BDUK's various current and future interventions, which seek to improve national broadband quality and coverage.
Future Digital Infrastructure Business Cases through the application of BDUK's experience, knowledge and evidence base.
BDUK's understanding of digital infrastructure market behaviours and potential opportunities to support, extend and influence current activity.

DCMS EU & International Directorate

DCMS EU & International Directorate is responsible for trade and international policy, strategy and coordination. Given our important cross-cutting role, the directorate brings together colleagues from DCMS, the Department for International Trade (DIT), the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU), Her Majesty's Treasury (HMT), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Cabinet Office (CO), other Whitehall departments and industry experts from a variety of sectors (tech, civil society, consumer groups, etc.).

We work very closely with different Departments, sitting on the key cross-Whitehall groups. We are a dynamic and friendly group who thrive on tackling challenges and creating innovative policy solutions.

The international directorate is looking to appoint two economists. These are high-profile and exciting areas in DCMS and across government.

Head of EU Exit Analysis

The economist in the team will be responsible for building a strong evidence base and developing analysis of DCMS sectors to underpin the UK's EU Exit negotiations.

The key responsibilities of this role include:

Building a robust evidence base to inform policy in the context of the UK-EU future economic partnership.
Leading our input in DExEU analysis commissions, working closely with analysts based in DCMS sector policy teams.
Management of commissioned research projects relating to EU Exit.
Engaging with cross-Whitehall analytical groups on EU Exit Analysis.
Line manage two junior economists.

Head of Trade Analysis

The economist in the team will be responsible for building a strong evidence base and developing analysis to underpin the department's trade policy priorities and negotiating positions for future free trade agreements (FTAs).

The key responsibilities of this role include:

Building a robust evidence base to inform policy in the context of the UK-EU future economic partnership, and future free trade agreements (FTAs) or other initiatives with third countries.
Leading and coordinating analytical work on trade policy across all DCMS sectors, working closely with analysts based in DCMS sector policy teams.
Overseeing the management of commissioned research projects on international trade.
Developing strong relationships with key departments and organisations, such as the Department for International Trade and the OECD.
Engaging with cross-Whitehall analytical groups on future trade policy with the rest of the world.
Line manage one junior economist.

Person specification

We are looking for exceptional Economic Advisors with proven strong policy, people and organisational skills to join DCMS. They will need to be proactive, delivery-oriented and able to work independently and flexibly across a range of different priorities. They should be confident to challenge and help shape policy thinking - not just respond to it.

They will need to be able to explain complex issues in simple terms and have experience of writing high quality formal documents - such as responses to regulatory consultations and business cases. To succeed, the postholder will need to quickly understand current market dynamics and work directly with key stakeholders across government and external networks.

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

Managing a quality service: provide and exemplify excellent customer service to your stakeholders, utilising opportunities to improve your service offer. Effectively manage your workload to your customers expectations using project management disciplines.

Working together: you will need to work with and through others to deliver your objectives, building effective relationships with colleagues and stakeholders from other government departments. You will also need to be able to facilitate across-government working groups.

Seeing the big picture: While you will need to be able to develop detailed analyses in key areas, you will also need to have the ability to step back and see the bigger picture, including how future trends need to translate into policy development.


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:
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • Application of economic knowledge - see attached candidate pack for further information
  • Effective communication - see attached candidate pack for further information



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, 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.

Candidates will undertake a blended interview covering behaviours (listed in the job description). Candidates who are invited to interview will be asked to undertake a written exercise, details will be provided in advance of the interview.
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
Strategy & Consultancy
Job Position
£49,601.00 - £57,629.00
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