Principal Economist

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Wilmslow, London, Belfast, Cardiff or Edinburgh

Application Deadline
£49,549 - £56,129

Job Type: Full, part time and compressed working patterns will be considered.

Location: Flexible, the role will be contracted to one of our five offices. Our priority is to enable all our people to work productively and effectively from any location. Through hybrid working we offer great home and office-based working opportunities and more general flexibility over where you work to be productive. There will be times when you will be expected to attend the office to collaborate with colleagues or travel due to business need.

The salary range for this role is £49,549 - £56,129 pa, with potential for further progression, plus pension and excellent benefits.

About the role

The ICO is expanding its economic capabilities and seeking a Principal Economist to join our team.

Whether the issue is understanding the value of data, the interaction of privacy and competition or the impact of measures to protect children online, economics is vital to our understanding of data and privacy issues. As a Principal Economist you will support the ICO’s work across the full range of our responsibilities, ensuring that our actions are underpinned with robust economic analysis.

Reporting to the Head of Economic Analysis you will provide high quality economic analysis and research, collaborating with other experts in multidisciplinary teams. You will work flexibly across a range of projects, identifying the key economic issues, analysing data and other evidence to support your arguments, and communicating them effectively to a range of audiences. You will support the development of colleagues understanding of economic issues and where applicable line manage junior staff.

About us

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. It is our goal to increase the public’s trust and confidence in how their data is used and made available. By staying up to date with evolving technology, we’re able to enforce the laws that we’ve helped shape whilst also providing an excellent public service. Our work is interesting and immensely rewarding – it’s of national importance and increasingly in the public eye. As a result, more people than ever before are turning to us for help. As such, we’re growing and looking to add to our teams in many areas!

About you

To succeed in this role you will need experience as a professional economist and be able to demonstrate the application of economics in unfamiliar circumstances. You will be a problem solver and an effective written and oral communicator, able to take responsibility for workstreams, leading delivery and managing conflicting demands on your time.

Why work for the Information Commissioner's Office?

We are proud to provide our people with a premium benefits package. We are continually improving the rewards we offer, these include flexible working hours, including flexi leave, Civil Service Pension arrangements and a generous leave allowance.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

The ICO is committed to promoting and enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion. We are focused on developing a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve and together we are building an inclusive workplace where all of our colleagues have the opportunity to make a real difference. Read more about our commitment on our website.

At the ICO we support a number of flexible working arrangements and we are happy to discuss your personal needs or preferences during the recruitment process.

If you are disabled and have difficulty using our online application system please email the People Services team at who can arrange for you to submit an application via an alternative method.

To Apply

Please submit your CV and an anonymised covering letter, explaining how you meet the criteria detailed in the ‘job description’ including your relevant skills and experience, which must be submitted by 23:59 on 5 June 2022.

Closing Date

Applications must be submitted by 23:59 on 5 June 2022.

Interviews will take place remotely via Microsoft Teams, w/c 27 June and 4 July 2022 but may be subject to change.

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, the ICO operates blind sifting, and we ask all applicants to remove any identifying information from their CV and covering letter before submitting their application.

When uploading your CV to our recruitment portal, you will be required to complete an equality and diversity form which captures whether we have a diverse range of candidates applying for the role. This information is not shared with the recruiting manager.

Pease note if you are appointed to work with the ICO you will be required to complete security clearance processes (identity and qualification checks plus Basic Disclosure level check of unspent criminal convictions).


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