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Economist (FTC)

Role Summary:

We are looking for an economist to join our Economic Intelligence team on a six month fixed term contract, to help shape our views on UK and international macroeconomic trends and feed into CBI policy development. Based at our London offices at Cannon Place, the team also plays a key role in bringing economic rigour to CBI policy development.

The successful candidate would be working alongside other economists, data analysts and policy advisors, both within the CBI’s economics directorate and across the organisation. A key part of the job will involve engagement with senior business leaders, government officials, and the media.

Key Responsibilities:

Areas of responsibility

  • Undertaking economic analysis to help develop the CBI’s policy positions.
  • Commentary on UK and international economic developments.
  • Contributing to the CBI's bi-annual economic forecast.
  • Assisting in the analysis and interpretation of the CBI's business surveys.
  • Data analysis, research, and input to reports on economic issues.
  • Presenting the CBI’s views on macroeconomic trends to business, government and the media.

Knowledge & Experience:

What an individual must know or understand to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements


  • Degree or higher in an economics discipline or a related field.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience as an economist.
  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of macroeconomic indicators and fiscal accounts.
  • Ability to work with a range of stakeholders to build support for economic policies.
  • Ability to explain economics to a business audience through both presentations and written work.


  • Ability to conduct cost/benefit analysis of tax and fiscal policy.
  • Experience engaging with senior business leaders, government officials, and the media.
  • Experience with econometric software.


  • The practical actions required in order to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral).
  • The ability to convey complex economic concepts to non-experts.
  • Able to carry out accurate data analysis, and put together well researched and clearly written economic reports.
  • Demonstrating the ability to think logically and to apply economic principles to analytical work or when responding to a policy problem.


The CBI has six key behaviours that are expected across the business. For this role, we would expect the individual to role model these behaviours to the team and encourage and review the team using the behaviours as a lens. In practice for this role: 

  • Collaborative – proactively engages with and researches the views of other teams before making key decisions on the programme. 
  • Takes ownership – takes responsibility for successful set-up and delivery of new products, meeting customer expectations and financial targets.
  • Agile – is quick to respond to market opportunities. Ensures that internal processes do not get in the way of you or the team delivering against plans or for the customer.
  • Commercial – actively seeks to ensure the team is doing all they can to contribute to the commercial strategy including taking a lead on new opportunities.
  • Innovative – brings in leading edge industry thinking to advance the team’s contribution to the CBI. Not afraid to do things differently where there are opportunities to deliver better for internal and external customers.
  • Analytical – uses KPIs and other evidence to drive decision making.

Flexible working:

At the CBI we recognise the advantages that flexible working patterns can bring. We’ll always fully consider flexible working and we will aim to facilitate different patterns of work wherever we can. We have great I.T. support which allows our people to work from a variety of locations, and we aim to strike the right balance between work and life.

How to apply: 

Please submit your applications to with 'Economist' as the subject.