CMA1014 Econometrics Adviser

Competition & Markets Authority

Closing date: 25 Feb 2019

Reference number



£51,702 - £59,351



Contract type


Business area

Economics and Markets - Econometrics

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



London, WC1B 4AD

About the job

Job description

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the UK’s main competition and consumer authority, is undergoing rapid business expansion. As the UK leaves the EU, our role will become even more important as the diversity, number, and complexity of the cases we work on increases, both in the merger control sphere and in anticompetitive behaviour cases. Our econometric analysis will be critical to how we respond to the new competition policy challenges that we face.

Econometrics Advisers are responsible for delivering complex quantitative and econometric analysis, working flexibly across a variety of projects undertaken by the CMA, including investigations into mergers and markets, competition and consumer law enforcement cases, and regulatory appeals.

You will either be working across multiple projects at the same time, or leading an econometrics work stream on a more complex case. You will be responsible for providing guidance, support and the development of econometric analysis undertaken by case teams, and assessing the validity and robustness of econometric evidence submitted by parties to a case. Econometric Advisers are also expected to contribute to developing the CMA’s econometrics capability. You may also have the opportunity to work with the CMA’s newly created Data Science team.

The successful candidate will have a post-graduate degree (or equivalent work experience) with a focus in microeconometric analysis, and with strong microeconomics and industrial organisation and/or competition economics. In your application your must be able to evidence practical experience in applying a range of econometric techniques and communicating technical econometric analysis to non-technical audiences.

As an employer, the CMA has a strong emphasis on continuous learning and development. In addition, to on the job learning, we offer a great range of seminars to ensure professional learning on topics relating to technical skills and personal development.

In return we offer 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, our employee well-being programme and favourable consideration of flexible working.

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

Closing date: 25 February 2019.

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. 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.


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

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

Technical skills

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

  • Experience in using Stata or other econometric software and ability to interpret econometric analysis



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


All CMA staff enjoy generous benefits, including:

• 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 wellbeing programme.

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).

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

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.
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 a sift and interview.

For more information about the Success Profiles framework, please follow the earlier link.

Please note that your personal statement should be aligned to provide evidence that you have the knowledge and recent practical experience of the folowing essential criteria:

1) Post-graduate degree with a focus in econometric analysis, and with strong microeconomics and industrial organisation and/or competition economics OR equivalent work experience within these relevant fields.

2) Practical experience in the use of a range of econometric techniques (experience in applying these techniques in a competition or consumer policy environment would be considered an advantage), and experience of the design, development, management and timely delivery of econometric analysis.

3) Experience in using Stata or other econometric software with experience in Matlab or R or Python being seen as an advantage;

4) Experience in presenting and communicating technical and complex econometric analysis to non-technical audiences.

5) Experience of forming and developing influencing relationships with key stakeholders and working in a multi-disciplnary teams.

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

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

Tel: 020 3738 6808
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.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

The sifting date is 27/02/2019. Interviews to be held the week commencing 07/03/2019.

The first part of the assessment will be a 1 hour coding and econometric assessment, no pre-preparation for this assessment is required. The second part of the assessment will be a 1 hour panel interview.

Further information

Equal Opportunity

The Civil Service is committed to providing services and developing policies which embrace diversity, promote equality of opportunity and eliminate unlawful discrimination. We are an equal opportunities employer and treat every application on the basis of merit alone. We also offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet our minimum selection criteria.

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of the following protected characteristics: Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Marriage & Civil Partnership, Pregnancy & Maternity and we will not tolerate any discrimination on those grounds.

Pension Statement

Pension schemes are available and more information will be provided to successful candidates. For further information on these schemes please refer to the following website

Our location is currently Holborn, London (Zone 1). In Autumn 2019 the CMA will be moving to Cabot Square in Canary Wharf (Zone 2). There will be no excess fares compensation for anyone who applies for a role that is advertised by the CMA on or after 1 January 2019.

Recruitment Principles

The CMA’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

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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