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We are looking for an assistant economist to join our growing Economics team at Companies House. This role provides an opportunity to support and influence decision-making across the entire organisation, delivering real impact through analysis.

This is a great time to join Companies House. In October 2023, the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill (now Act) achieved Royal Assent, one of the most significant moments in Companies House’s history. The powers within the Act enable Companies House to play a much greater role in disrupting economic crime and preventing abuse of the register, while supporting economic growth and ease of doing business in the UK. Companies House is in the process of implementing the full suite of reforms, and the Economics team is at the forefront of ensuring this is done in a way that provides value for money and achieves the policy intent. Changes to UK company law: a big moment for Companies House – Companies House (blog.gov.uk)

This is a... fast-paced, high-profile role, leading on the delivery of economic analysis to support Companies House’s most important and high-profile work. Economics is a relatively new function within Companies House (established two years ago). The postholder will have the opportunity to lead analysis and provide economic support. This will involve working with a range of colleagues from a variety of professions, providing an opportunity to have a high-profile impact in the organisation. It also offers a fantastic opportunity to develop analytical leadership skills, by advocating for the profession and highlighting the importance of analysis to support decision making.

The economist team sits within the wider Finance and Commercial group at Companies House, reflecting our strong focus on ensuring expenditure provides value for money. This role will report to a Grade 7 Principal Economist who in turn reports to the Grade 6 Head of Economics. The team’s positioning provides a great opportunity to work alongside specialist cost estimators within Finance, and a range of Commercial professionals. The team have strong links with analysts from the Department for Business and Trade, and other analytical professions across Companies House (statisticians, social researchers, and data scientists in particular

To find out more about what a great place Companies House is to work visit Companies House

Job description

You will lead on producing economic analysis to assess the value for money of Companies House projects and investments, including broader societal impacts. This will involve working effectively with internal and external stakeholders to understand the project, ensure analysis is appropriately focussed and has impact to guide decision-making at all levels.

Key deliverables
• Produce cost-benefit analysis and contribute to delivery of economic chapters for high-value business cases, for scrutiny by DBT’s Investment Committee, HMT, and internal Companies House governance boards.
• Work alongside DBT analysts to estimate broader business impacts of primary and secondary legislation that Companies House will implement.
• Conduct analysis to support broader strategic, operational, and planning decisions.

Other responsibilities
• Draw upon economic knowledge and apply it to organisational priorities, e.g., contributing to the understanding, identification of benefits for key policies and investments, and with support identify opportunities for further work and investigation.
• Contribute to the continuous improvement of analysis, including identifying opportunities where analysis could have a positive impact and support effective decision making.
• Work collaboratively with internal customers such as Finance, Strategy & Planning, Policy development, Portfolio (benefits) and service owners.
• Develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders as outlined above and represent the Economics profession.

Person specification
• You will have a good understanding of core economic principles and be able to apply this knowledge to Companies House projects
• You will be able to work effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders
• You will have good attention to detail in order to analyse complex information and data
• You will be able to work independently on high quality economic analysis
• You’ll provide challenge where appropriate to ensure the focus of analysis is meaningful and ensures value for money considerations form a key part of the evidence to support decisions.
• You’ll be able to present and convey complex analysis, ensuring findings are articulated and explained clearly, particularly to non-economist

Experience - to be assessed at sift and/or interview
• Experience of working on analytical/economics publications or projects.
• Experience of working with a range of stakeholders.

Technical Skills - to be assessed at sift and/or interview
• GES – Application of knowledge
• GES – Analysis of data
• GES – Effective communication


Candidates must be a current or former ‘badged’ member of the Government Economic Service (GES), having joined through a GES run Economics Assessment Centre (EAC). You will either be:
• Already in post having passed the EAC, or,
• You were previously offered and accepted a role having passed the EAC.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
• Working Together
• Making Effective Decisions
• Leadership

Next Steps

Click 'Apply Now' to be taken to our main advert Civil Service Jobs where you can see more details regarding the role, the incredible benefits we have to offer and what it's like to work in Companies House.

If you have any questions about the role or process, please reach out to tbrown@companieshouse.gov.uk.

This role closes on 7th July
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