CMA1654 Econometrics Adviser - Darlington

Competition & Markets Authority

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 6th June 2022



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£53,527 - £60,599


Grade 7

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Type of role

Project Delivery

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Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

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The Competition and Markets Authority is undergoing an exciting expansion and increasing its presence with the establishment and creation of new offices and a Microeconomics Unit in Darlington.

As a result of this expansion, we are seeking experienced Econometrics Advisers to play a key role working across the full range of projects that the Microeconomics Unit carries out.

Job description

About the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA)

The CMA is the UK’s National Competition Authority and an independent non-ministerial department.

The recent increase in our workload after EU Exit and the establishment of our new functions means that the economics group at the CMA will continue to grow over the next few years.

The role:

Economics and quantitative analysis is at the heart of the CMA’s mission and you will be joining a thriving and growing economics group of around 130 economists, econometricians, data scientists and statisticians.

You will be responsible for carrying out and/or supervising quantitative analysis relevant to a variety of projects. This will include identifying key quantitative issues and concerns, designing and conducting analysis, drawing conclusions and presenting them to colleagues and decision makers.

The main projects that you will be working on initially with the Microeconomics Unit will include:

• The annual State of UK Competition report
• Research into supply-side reforms aimed at improving UK productivity
• The annual Positive Impact report
• The CMA’s ongoing programme of ex post studies into past competition policy interventions

Key responsibilities will include:

• Working with the Assistant Director of Econometrics to determine the key areas for investigation and the quantitative analysis required to assess them
• Planning and managing the delivery of quantitative analysis on projects or workstreams
• Ensuring that quantitative analysis is delivered to a high standard
• Contributing to the management and intellectual development of the team of professional Economists

To be considered for this position, you will require:

• A post-graduate degree, ideally, or at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in economics with a focus on quantitative analysis
• Substantial proven experience in the application of a range of econometrics techniques in applied microeconomics analysis
• Experience of the design, development, management and timely delivery of quantitative analysis to tight deadlines
• Proven ability to communicate and present technical and complex economic analysis to non-technical audiences, both orally and in writing.

If you’re looking for a role that combines intellectual challenge with excellent opportunities for career development, we’d like to hear from you.

In return the CMA is a hugely diverse, rewarding and stimulating place to work – an opportunity to work for the public good and to stretch and develop yourself in doing so. We offer generous benefits, which you can review in full below.


Your detailed responsibilities as Econometrics Adviser will be:

• Working with Assistant Directors of Econometrics, determine the key areas for investigation and the quantitative analysis required to assess them. Develop the key questions which will inform the direction of the project; decide on and gather appropriate evidence; and identify how the quantitative analysis contributes to the overall assessment and approach to be taken in a project.

• Plan and manage the delivery of the quantitative analysis on projects or workstreams. Provide a detailed specification of the quantitative analysis to be undertaken and identify the resources required to deliver it; agree timetables for delivery and decide on the allocation of work within the team; monitor progress and review the work plan as the project develops; and ensure that the quantitative analysis is delivered on time.

• Ensure that the quantitative analysis is delivered to a high standard. Critically assess and interpret the evidence available and the weight that can be attached to it; identify risks related to the quantitative analysis and propose mitigations for them; present analysis clearly and accurately both orally and in writing; and review and provide constructive feedback on work produced by colleagues.

• Communicate effectively with the project team, with others across the CMA (including senior management) and external stakeholders. Ensure that managers are kept abreast of relevant analysis and their attention is drawn to matters in which they would want to be informed/ involved; and establish effective working relationships with other staff.

• Contribute to the development of the CMA’s econometrics and quantitative analysis capability, through knowledge sharing, providing peer review of others’ work and representing the CMA at public events including conferences.

To find out more about this opportunity and about working for the CMA, please click on the APPLY button.

Closing date: 11.55pm on Monday 6th June 2022.

Please visit our economist LinkedIn page:

Please also have a read of our blog to learn more about being an Economist at the CMA:


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Developing Self and Others

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Economic/econometric analysis of markets or applied microeconomics
All CMA employees enjoy the following benefits package:
• An excellent pension scheme
• 25 days leave (increasing to 30 days over five years)
• Favourable consideration of flexible working
• Generous maternity/paternity leave provision
• Interest-free season ticket loans
• Cycle to work scheme and our employee assistance programme.

Any move to the CMA 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 .

If you’re already a civil servant being appointed on level transfer, you’ll retain your existing terms, including annual leave. Where you’re being promoted, however, you’ll receive the greater of a 10% pay increase or the new grade minimum. Applicants new to the civil service may be considered for appointment at a salary higher than the starting point indicated above (depending on skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications).

During the Covid-19 pandemic period, CMA staff have been required to work from home to continue delivering our objectives. The CMA, like many other organisations, will move to a hybrid working model with a mix of office and home working. We believe this supports us to deliver our best work while allowing the flexibility to maintain balanced and healthy lives. Our staff work at least 50% of their time from their office location.

The CMA are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. It is a priority to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and as an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from under-represented groups, including ethnically diverse people, people with a disability, and people with diverse gender identities.

The CMA is an accredited Disability Confident Employer and are Stonewall Diversity Champions. Disabled applicants meeting the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.


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, personal statement and an online application form. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

The selection process will comprise of the sift (CV & application review) and an interview. Arrangements for the interview will be enclosed in the invitation sent when you schedule your interview slot. Interviews will be conducted ideally face-to-face at our Canary Wharf office in London, or via MS Teams upon request.

An initial sift based on lead criteria 1 and 2 may be held if a large number of applications are received. If your application then progresses to a full sift, all elements of the essential criteria listed under Person Specification of the role profile will then be considered.

Please note that it is essential that your personal statement is aligned to provide evidence that you have the knowledge and recent practical experience for each of the following selection criteria in your application:

It is essential that you can provide evidence and examples for each of the following selection criteria in your application:

1) Post-graduate degree ideally, or at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in economics with a focus on quantitative analysis (lead criteria).

2) Substantial proven experience in the application of a range of econometrics techniques in applied microeconomics analysis (lead criteria).

3) Experience of the design, development, management and timely delivery of quantitative analysis to tight deadlines.

4) Proven ability to communicate and present technical and complex economic analysis to non-technical audiences, both orally and in writing.

5) Experience of forming and developing influencing relationships with key stakeholders, both internal and external.

6) Ability to manage others’ work and support their development, and to contribute to the development of the CMA’s economics capability.

The sifting dates are 7th - 13th June 2022.

If your application is successful you will be invited to attend an interview.
You will be notified via email to log-in to your Civil Service Account to book your interview slot. You will then be sent an email with full details of your arrangements for interview.

Interviews are planned to take place from Monday 20th June. Our preference is for interviews to be face-to-face in London at our office in The Cabot, Canary Wharf. However, interviews via MS Teams maybe possible upon request.

The first part of the interview; you will be sent material prior to the interview on which you will be assessed. Further details on what this will entail, will be sent to you at the time of interview invite, 1 week in advance.
Next will be the panel interview. The panel interview will be approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour in length where you will be asked questions based on the Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills outlined in the role profile.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

If you have any inquiries relating to your application you can email

Reasonable adjustments:

In order for a person with disabilities not to be put at a 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 complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need during the recruitment process.
For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you are deaf, a Language Service Professional.

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.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : CMA Recruitment Team
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  • Telephone : 0208 738 6808

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Further information

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