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BEIS is an excellent Government Department to work in. It has a key role to play in delivering our UK climate change targets and making markets work well for businesses, consumers and workers. Our work ensures that the economy grows strongly and sustainably in all parts of the country, based on a robust climate change and industrial strategy, and that the UK has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean. This is both exciting and analytically captivating!

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience in the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

BEIS has the largest analytical function across government and is the largest employer of economists in central government, at over 350. Our people analyse and provide underpinning evidence to inform government policy relating to some of the greatest challenges we face today.

Our analysis gives ministers crucial insight and helps to answer some of the most relevant and high-profile policy questions, such as:

- How will changes to the national minimum wage impact businesses, workers and wider society?

- What are the routes to achieving the UK's Net-Zero carbon target by 2050 and what steps need to take place for this to be achieved, most efficiently?

- How do we decarbonise the energy system, whilst meeting an increase in demand from the electrification of sectors such as heating and transport, continuing to ensure security of energy supplies, and keeping bills low for consumers?

ResponsibilitiesWith up to 20 fixed term posts available, the accountabilities of each will vary, depending on which of the many policy areas the role sits within. Some roles are embedded in an analytical division working alongside a policy team, whilst some are within the central analysis directorate at the heart of the Department. Analysts work flexibly in multi-disciplinary teams across the organisation, to develop analysis that supports key Departmental policies and projects.

In any one of our exciting roles, the responsibilities of an Assistant Economist are to:

1.Lead on providing value-for-money advice, in order to influence the direction of policy decisions;

2.Produce quality analysis and draft business cases and impact assessments to inform efficient policy making;

3.Analyse and interpret data to answer critical evidence questions;

4.Work independently and autonomously to identify problems and find solutions;

5.Play a meaningful role in gathering, analysing and interpreting information to inform evidence based policies;

6.Provide timely, relevant and robust briefing for policy and senior colleagues; and

7.Work closely alongside policy colleagues to ensure policy proposals are evidence-based.

All our Assistant Economists are supported by an analytical line manager, who will support you to deliver your responsibilities efficiently whilst continuing to develop your skills as a government analyst.

Candidates for these roles need to have effective communication skills, both verbal and written, and will be able to learn at pace (with a passion for doing so!). Candidates will be skilled at (or have the potential and enthusiasm for) building trusted and credible relationships with both peers and senior colleagues.

Candidates will have the confidence and ability to make a significant impact and be skilled in leading on multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities, to a high standard.

The right person will:

• be enthusiastic about the work of BEIS, with the drive to learn and develop themselves to perform efficiently in the role;

• be confident and collaborative when working with others; and

• embrace the opportunities that are provided.

These roles require:

• A first or an upper second-class honours degree; or

• A postgraduate economics degree.

For both of the above, at least 50% of course modules must be in economics.

The Government Economics Service (GES) Competency Framework defines the professional competencies for members of the Economics profession within government, and how these apply at each grade. Further information can be found:

https://files.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/admin/fairs/apptrack/download.cgi?SID=b3duZXI9NTA3MDAwMCZvd25lcnR5cGU9ZmFpciZkb2NfdHlwZT12YWMmZG9jX2lkPTQxOTkyNSZ2ZXJpZnk9NjE3N2NjYmY0MzUwMGEzZjVmMDAxZTM5NzJkYjZlZTI

Contract Details

This post is advertised as a Fixed Term or Loan contract for a period of 20 months.

Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, but will only be considered on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.

Technical Skills

1. Application of knowledge (GES).

Apply economic tools and techniques. Synthesise evidence from a range of sources, as appropriate

2. Analysis of Data (GES)

Be capable in analysing and handling data for the purposes of producing evidence for policy advice

Qualifications
A first or an upper second-class honours degree; or
a postgraduate economics degree.
For both of the above, at least 50% of course modules must be in economics

Behaviours

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


Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • Application of knowledge (GES).
  • Analysis of Data (GES)


Benefits

BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

• A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, home working and compressed hours.

• Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

• A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.

• An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.

• Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

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

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Please note - the CV is for information purposes only and will not be scored.

Applications will be sifted on behavioural statements and any technical skills required.

In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the lead behaviour (Making Effective Decisions).

The interview will consist of behaviour and technical questions.

Expected Timeline subject to change

Sift and Interview Dates TBC.
Interview Location - MS Teams

Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

• Complete the "Assistance required" section in the "Additional requirements" page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you're deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Further Information

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

Any move to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Please note terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.

BEIS does not normally offer full home working (i.e. working at home); but we do offer a variety of flexible working options (including occasionally working from home).

Please note that BEIS does not hold a licence to sponsor visa applications.

Merit List

After interview, a single merit list will be created and you will only be considered for posts in locations you have expressed a preference for. Appointments will be made in strict merit order.

BEIS wants to be accessible for all, and this includes offering assistance to attend interviews. The offer is targeted toward those from a lower socio-economic background, or who struggle to cover the cost of attending an interview. Please see the attached guidance document at the bottom of this Civil Service Jobs advert. Embedded in the document on page 5, are 2 documents that must be completed and returned to the email addresses listed on the forms to claim an expenses payment. If you have any issues accessing these documents please contact us at [email protected]

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms directly. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant's details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Feedback

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:
  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
Job Sector
Finance
Job Position
Economist
Estimated Salary
£30,360.00 - £36,525.00 / year
City/Town
Salford
Address
Salford, UK Show on map
Location
Manchester
Post date
Closing date

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