How to become a Policy & Research Officer


Considering a career as a Policy & Research Officer?

Driven by both passion and analytical intellect, the Policy & Research Officer is responsible for delivering robust research on a range of high-profile issues. At its very core, this role is about supporting the policy team by providing data and insight. You’ll engage in complex research projects using a variety of methodologies (surveys, questionnaires, interviews, etc.) that generate data and aid in policy development. It’s important to have an in-depth knowledge of UK political institutions and an eye for detail as you’ll be analysing government policies, drafting reports and engaging with stakeholders.

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Where can a career as a Policy & Research Officer take you?

Research Assistant £25000 1-2 years
Charity Researcher £25,000 2-3 years
Policy & Research Officer £35,300 4-5 years

Are you the perfect candidate?

Skills and traits

  • Has in-depth understanding of UK political institutions
  • Passion for policy analysis
  • Passionate about meaningful work
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to communicate with a range of internal and external stakeholders

Qualifications and experience

  • Degree level education
  • Experience working with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Has previously conducted high-level reseaarch

Expert tip

Kristiana Wrixon Head of Policy at ACEVO

“ I started in advice, as a helpline coordinator/advisor and moved into policy. The main development and learning opportunities I received were by contributing to policy work in the charity I worked for at the time. I later did a part-time Masters by research while staying in work. “

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