Deadline extended in economic adviser recruitment drive

Pan-Whitehall campaign seeks 70 new analysts, with Defra earmarked for biggest intake


By Jim.Dunton

08 Jun 2017

A recruitment campaign that is looking to bring in 70 experienced economists to a range of Whitehall departments has had its application deadline extended.

The drive, launched at the beginning of the month, targets economics graduates currently working in the third sector, at arm’s-length bodies, research organisations or consultancies for grade-7 economic adviser roles paying £45,000 a year.

The jobs, within the Government Economic Service profession, are suggested as three-year fixed-term opportunities that could become permanent positions.


Summary information for the roles puts the Department for Exiting the EU at the top of a sample list of departments where the jobs would be based.

However a more detailed breakdown of Whitehall’s analyst needs suggests that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is in line for the highest proportion of the intake, at 14 new economic advisers.

According to the application form, the Department of Health and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy would each be in line for 10 advisers. DxEU’s suggested intake is four.

Applicants are allowed to give an order of preference for the departments in which they would like to work.

The recruitment drive makes it clear the GES is seeking professionals who have already developed expertise in the areas departments work in.

“You’ll definitely have strong project-management skills,” it said. “Your flair for analysing a large amount of data, making effective decisions, and developing and managing others will be matched by sound understanding of economic theory. 

“Your talent for communicating your findings to a wide range of audiences, including very senior stakeholders, through briefings and advice will make you stand out.”

Updated guidance on the recruitment drive issued yesterday by the GES extended the deadline for applications to 5pm on June 21.

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