Salary: £22,523 - £24,011 pa
Hours: Full time / Part time / Flexible
Contract: Fixed term – up to 12-months
The Competition and Markets Authority is undergoing an exciting expansion and has increased its presence with the establishment of new offices and a Microeconomics Unit in Darlington. The unit is based at the Darlington Economic Campus, alongside a range of government departments (such as HMT, DIT, BEIS, ONS, DLUHC and DoE). We have Economics Intern opportunities for enthusiastic economics graduates and students to develop their knowledge, technical skills and experience in our growing team.
The new Microeconomics Unit leads the CMA’s economic research programme. Set up in response to the government-commissioned Penrose review, the Unit will provide analysis and expertise on the issues of UK competition, consumer rights, supply-side reforms, innovation and productivity. The ambition is for the Unit to become a micro-economic sibling for the Bank of England’s well-established public macro-economic role.
As the Economics Intern you will contribute to economic analysis and research, with the support of more senior economists. This includes identifying key issues, designing and conducting analysis, drawing conclusions and presenting them to colleagues and decision makers.
A demonstrable interest in microeconomics or econometrics will stand you in good stead to work on a variety of research projects in the Microeconomics Unit, which may include:
- The regular State of UK Competition report
- Research into live issues in competition policy, and structural reforms aimed at improving UK productivity
- The annual Positive Impact report and looking for ways to improve how we measure the CMA’s impact
- The CMA’s ongoing programme of ex post studies into past competition policy interventions
You will join a committed community of economists and econometricians, working in a collaborative, collegiate atmosphere. We are a very diverse team; our economists and econometricians have a range of backgrounds and nationalities. You will work in agile, dedicated teams, undertaking quantitative analysis and research on key issues in microeconomics.
Economics Interns are encouraged to take part in the learning and development opportunities available to the wider economics community, which includes training
courses, lunchtime seminars and discussion groups on economics topics. We will also support and encourage you to develop your wider skills – including communication, drafting, management skills and project management. This is a good opportunity to gain unique experience, giving Economics Interns useful tools to go on to apply for future permanent positions within the CMA, a route taken by many previous Interns.
In return, the CMA is a hugely rewarding, diverse and stimulating place to work – an opportunity to work for the public good and to stretch and develop yourself in doing so. 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, and flexible working options.
We welcome applications from candidates that have or are in their penultimate year working towards a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or on track to graduate with the required qualification by September 2023) with a microeconomics and/or quantitative focus, or a postgraduate economics qualification.
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Closing date for completed applications: 11.55pm on Monday 6th February 2023.
The CMA, like many other organisations, operate 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 an accredited Disability Confident Employer, and we are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.