Cardiff, Cardiff
Charing Cross, Greater London
Edinburgh, Edinburgh
SK9, Wilmslow
£37,964 - £43,001 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Location flexible. Based at our Head Office in Wilmslow (near Manchester)
or at one of our offices in London, Belfast, Cardiff or Edinburgh.

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

The ICO is expanding its economic capabilities and seeking an Economic Analyst to join our team.

The role

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 an Economic Analyst 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 a Principal Economist 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.

The opportunity

This is an exciting time to join the rapidly expanding Economic Analysis team. We are building capacity across the ICO to help us respond to the many high-profile policy issues relevant to data-driven markets. This includes the need to promote competition, innovation and economic growth while protecting individuals from privacy harms. As a horizontal regulator, our reach extends across the whole economy, giving you the opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of sectors and issues, and make a significant impact through your work. You’ll be providing input into cutting edge research and analysis that helps the ICO to effectively navigate the intersection between the fields of economics and data protection.

 About the ICO

The ICO is the UK’s independent regulator for information rights, promoting data privacy for individuals and openness in public bodies. We regulate under a wide range of legislation, including responsibilities for data protection and freedom of information.

The ICO’s work is interesting and immensely rewarding – it is of national importance and increasingly in the public eye. We are at the forefront of information rights policy development, providing direct advice to the public, and enforcing the UK’s data protection and freedom of information laws. We hold a unique position as a regulator across the whole of the private, public and third sectors. 

 About you

To succeed in this role you will need experience working on economic analysis 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.

To apply

Please visit the ICO website to uplodate your CV and covering letter

Applications must be submitted by 23:59, Sunday 14 November 2021

Interviews will take place remotely via Microsoft Teams.

 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. Here are a few of the valuable rewards that you will enjoy:

  • Flexible working hours, including flexi leave.
  • Civil Service Pension arrangements.
  • 25 days' paid holiday a year with options to buy, sell, and bank days.
  • Extra "privilege" days in addition to normal public holidays.
  • Compressed working hours options.
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities.
  • Health cash plan.
  • Colleague assistance scheme.
  • Access to many discounted products and services.
  • Welfare and family-friendly policies.
  • Staff medical scheme and eyesight testing.

Our employees are currently working remotely in line with Government guidance.

Please note if you are appointed to work with the ICO you will be required to complete security clearance processes. These include identity and qualification checks and a Basic Disclosure level check of unspent criminal convictions.

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.  

We are championing this through our Equality Diversity and Inclusion Board together with a number of staff networks. To find out more visit

We welcome and encourage applicants from all members of the community regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief, marital status, pregnancy or any other personal circumstances.

We are dedicated to ensuring our recruitment and selection processes are fair and inclusive and enable everyone to showcase their individual talents. Our HR team are happy to discuss any additional support you may need at any stage and will make reasonable adjustments according to your needs. Applicants with a disability are guaranteed an interview, if they meet the minimum criteria for the role.

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 HR team who can arrange for you to submit an application via an alternative method.

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Posted on: 22 October 2021
Closed date: 14 November 2021
Job ref: OCT20213105
Tags: Policy/Research