Assistant Economist - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
From £29,832 per annum - £32,367 per annum
31 May 2019
24 Jun 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Job description

Are you seeking to grow your career as a professional economist? 

Could you apply economic concepts to real world problems? 

If so, this is an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Economist (AE) to join The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), and we would love to hear from you 

We are searching for an Assistant Economist to provide robust economic advice, influencing policy and operational delivery. You will be responsible for developing and leveraging the Agency’s evidence base specifically focussing upon the operational delivery side of the agency and ensuring evidence-based decision making in relation to significant aviation procurements. This role will provide you with the opportunity to undertake analysis which will shape the delivery of the Agency’s aviation portfolio which is central to saving lives and protecting the environment. This includes the Coastguard’s Search and Rescue Helicopters, Aerial Surveillance and Aerial Spraying of pollution countermeasures. 

This role will require close working with the aviation teams and beyond to ensure high quality appraisal and evaluation of MCA policy and operational delivery activities. You will be central to the transformation of the agency into a more evidence-based organisation, working with other analysts within the agency and across directorates. You will be forthcoming in providing challenge to ensure robust decision making takes place. 

Role Responsibilities 

As part of your role, you will be required to: 

  • Provide analytical advice and support on Agency wide projects to guide senior leaders in their strategic thinking and adherence to the Analytical Assurance Framework and provide timely analytical assistance to support decision making
  • Assist in the delivery of the MCA Analytical strategy, focusing in particular on improving the decision making in the agency through the use of evidence
  • Work closely with MCA policy colleagues and DfT analysts to provide advice and practical support on sourcing information and research to carry out robust analysis to support the aviation portfolio
  • Work with DfT Analysts and team across the MCA to develop an evidence base in support of robust and up-to-date economic business cases relating to all impacts of any proposals
  • Apply economics to influence a range of policy issues relating to the maritime sector providing analytical advice to support the development and negotiation of policies in both the international, European and domestic arenas
  • Undertake in house research and manage procurement of external research projects as required
  • Contribute to meetings with external stakeholders in the areas of economic expertise and to maintain a positive and proactive role in liaison with appropriate stakeholders
  • For more information please see the attached Role Profile. 

    About you 

    Do you have an undergraduate degree in Economics or a related subject with a strong economic component? 

    You will be able to apply economic concepts to identify impacts of regulation upon businesses, the public and the economy. You will have strong communication skills with advanced skills in drafting. You will have an analytical mind and are solutions focused. 

    You will have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to quickly develop recommendations based on quantitative and qualitative evidence. You also have capability in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel. 

    Are you a confident communicator? You are someone who loves to work closely with others and can express yourself in a confident and concise manner. You have the ability to provide clear and coherent explanations of complex issues. Excellent communication skills are pivotal to this role with the ability to provide guidance and robust recommendations to internal stakeholders, where your exceptional stakeholder engagement and relationship building skills will enable you to influence and challenge at all levels. 

    We would love someone to join us who can build rapport quickly with key people both internally and externally. You will have experience of providing guidance and robust recommendations to internal stakeholders, where your exceptional stakeholder engagement and relationship building skills will enable you to influence and challenge at all levels. You are able to timely provide advice on high profile issues. 

    About us 

    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) implements the government's maritime safety policy in the United Kingdom and works to prevent the loss of life and occurrence of pollution on the coast and at sea. 

    Safer lives, Safer ships, Cleaner seas. 

    Our vision is to be the best maritime safety organisation in the world. 

    Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency 

    We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department. 

    You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future. 

    DfT has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017. 

    DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions. 


2:1 or 2:2 with an MSc 

Minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in Economics, or a Masters in 
Economics. We can accept joint or mixed degrees on the proviso that 
at least 50% of the degree is in Economics.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:


Benefits Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form. 

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include: 

• an interview 
• an interview with one or more exercises 
• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises 

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here 

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about: 

• what energises and motivates you 
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role 
• your previous experience 
• your professional skills and knowledge 

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within. 

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place 26/06/19. 

Interview/assessment will be held 08/07 & 09/07/19. 

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates. 

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out. 

Further information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel. 

We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies. 

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process. 

Reasonable adjustment 

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: 
Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs. 

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional 

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact 

Government Recruitment Services via email: 

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: 
Click here to visit Civil Service Commission. 

Any move to the Department for Transport (DfT) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.