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Sunday, December 27, 2009

OFT Seeks Assistant Economist

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Office of Fair Trading

Assistant Economist

Office of Fair Trading


Salary:  £28,500 – £33,500 + excellent benefits

Start date: September 2010 (earlier date may be negotiated)

We’re looking for enthusiastic individuals who are close to completing a PhD in the Economics of Industrial Organisation or Competition Economics to embark on a career with the Office of Fair Trading.  We would also welcome applicants from candidates with a Master’s degree in Economics with a strong industrial organisation background and relevant experience.

As an assistant economist at the OFT you would apply the microeconomic principles of how markets work to the real world.

Working in our Markets and Projects arm would give you the opportunity to consider competition and consumer matters across all sectors of the UK economy.  This could include working on Competition Act cases, market studies, or first stage merger assessments.  Working in our Policy and Strategy arm would see you either, helping to advocate and advise on competition policy across government, or being involved in assessing our impacts and commissioning research as part of the evaluation team.

As an Assistant Economist you would have an outstanding opportunity to experience the variety of work on offer at the OFT, you will be involved in high profile, challenging and interesting work that is integral to our success.  Responsibilities could include, providing economic advice and drawing out salient theories, leading on research projects, workstreams and literature reviews, liaising with internal and external stakeholders; and scoping and designing new projects.

About the OFT

The Office of Fair Trading is a non-ministerial government department. Its primary purpose is to make markets work well for consumers. This is achieved by enforcing competition and consumer protection law, investigating markets and through an active communications strategy.

Further detail about the work and structure of the OFT can be found on our website at

For more details on the job and the candidate requirements or email

How to apply

To apply for this role, please submit a full CV together with a comprehensive covering letter (but no more than two sides of A4) setting out your reasons for applying, and the knowledge and experience that you feel you can bring to the role. Also, please complete and submit a diversity monitoring form

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