CMA1140 Assistant Economist

Competition & Markets Authority

Closing date: 16 Sep 2019

Reference number



£31,990 - £36,439


Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

Other, Office of the Chief Economic Adviser (OCEA)

Type of role

Project Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time

Number of posts



London, Canary Wharf & Edinburgh, One Lochrin Square

About the job


Are you interested in developing and furthering a career within the field of economics? If so, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) presents an exciting opportunity to work across varied and complex investigations of national importance.

The role holder will be required to work flexibly across the full range of projects the CMA undertakes, namely investigations into mergers and markets, competition and consumer enforcement cases, and regulatory appeals, typically on one or two projects at a time.

The role holder is responsible for carrying out economic analysis relevant to the project - including developing economic theory to assess competitive effects in markets, undertaking qualitative and quantitative analysis to test it, drawing conclusions and presenting them to colleagues and decision makers, under the guidance of more senior economists. The role holder is also expected to contribute to knowledge sharing with a team of professional economists.

Job description

Economics is at the heart of the Competition and Markets Authority’s work. We have an exciting opportunity which calls for an enthusiastic economist who is keen to work on large-scale investigations in a diverse and inclusive team of exceptional practitioners. The interests of the consumer are at the core of all the CMA activities.

In this role, you will join a strong community of economists, working in a collaborative, collegiate atmosphere. We are an international team; our economists have a range of backgrounds and nationalities. You will have the opportunity to work on diverse cases across the full range of projects the CMA undertakes, including mergers and markets, competition and consumer enforcement cases, and regulatory appeals. Recent cases include: Sainsbury’s/ASDA proposed merger; market studies of care homes and digital comparison tools. You will work in small, dedicated teams undertaking economic analysis to assess competitive effects in markets and you will also be expected to contribute to the intellectual development of the team of professional economists.

These roles offer real scope for professional development and will suit individuals who are driven yet enjoy working in a collegiate, professional team. You will be ideally placed to identify and benefit from opportunities for career progression across the organisation and you will discover a working environment where there is real emphasis on working together to deliver to the very highest standards.

We will provide a range of opportunities for continuous inclusion and learning to develop your economic expertise including training courses, lunchtime seminars and discussion groups on economics topics. We will also support and encourage you to develop your wider skills – including communications, drafting, management skills and project management.

All CMA staff enjoy generous benefits, including an excellent pension scheme, at least 25 days leave (increasing to 30 over five years), and generous maternity/paternity leave provision. You can also take advantage of interest-free season ticket loans, a cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers, and favourable consideration of flexible working.

The CMA prides itself on being a great place to work and strives to ensure that staff have the opportunity to grow and expand their skills portfolio. As well as being a hugely rewarding, diverse and stimulating place to work, you will have an opportunity to work for the public good whilst stretching and developing yourself in doing so.

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

Closing date for completed applications: 16 September 2019 at 11.59 pm.

The CMA is an accredited Disability Confident Employer and are Stonewall Diversity Champions. As an equal opportunities’ employer, we welcome suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds and recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.


To be successful for interview you must be able to provide evidence and examples of the following essential criteria within your online application:

• Post-graduate degree in economics OR at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in economics with a strong microeconomics component.
• Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of microeconomics and the ability to communicate technical economic analysis to non-technical audiences.
• Experience or demonstrated ability to research, design, develop and deliver economic analysis to tight deadlines with experience of gathering, summarising and presenting information to a high standard.
• Sound verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to produce documents that can be tailored to the needs of a wide variety of audiences.
• Experience or demonstrated ability to establish and manage working relationships and to work in teams to deliver successful outcomes.

In return, the CMA offers you a rewarding, stimulating and inclusive place to work. We champion a culture that respects your work-life balance, provide training tailored to maximise your potential, and offer genuine opportunities for career progression.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Microeconomics
  • Economic analysis



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.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
The selection process will comprise of a sift (shortlist) and a visit to our offices in Canary Wharf for a 50 minute written test (on a laptop), a 5 minute presentation on a topic you will receive by email before the interview and a panel interview.

Please note we have a similar position advertised called Assistant Economist (Econometrics) CMA1137. Candidates who would like to be considered for both the Assistant Economist role and the Assistant Economist (Econometrician) role need to complete and submit two distinct applications.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

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Telephone :  02037386022
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Further information

If your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Civil Service Commission

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