Regulatory, Competition and/or Auction Economists

UK-Edinburgh or London
Salary Details
Competitive Associate: £33,000 to £45,000 and Senior Associate £45,000 to £70,000 (Depending on experience)
Job Type
Full or Part Time – Permanent (including flexible working arrangements)
Job Level
Associate/Senior Associate
Contract Duration
Closing Date

About the Job

Ofcom economists provide the analysis that makes communication markets work better for everyone. Our activities include assessing the impact of the BBC’s services on commercial broadcasters, incentivising investment in faster broadband and better mobile coverage, designing mobile spectrum auctions, Competition Act investigations in the broadcasting, postal and telecoms sectors, and helping consumers to engage in communications markets.


We are currently looking for experienced economists to join our competition team as Senior Associates or Associates.


What you will be doing

On a typical project, you will be: 

  • Identifying the key economic issues.
  • Providing high quality analysis, including anticipating and considering counter-arguments or different points of view, from others within Ofcom and from external stakeholders.
  • Potentially managing complex data sets and spreadsheet models.
  • Providing clear, well-reasoned drafting, including for documents that will be published.
  • Attending team meetings, governance meetings and meetings with stakeholders.

Essential Skills / Experience

  • Qualifications: a degree in economics and/or a post-graduate qualification (MSc or a PhD). We particularly welcome candidates with an academic and/or working background in industrial organisation, competition, auction design or regulatory economics.
  • Ability to apply economic concepts to unfamiliar situations. 
  • Collaboration and communication skills: The ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally are vital.
  • Quantitatively strong: Experience in interpreting information, and have good attention to detail of using or developing spreadsheet models is desirable but not essential. 
  • Experience: You will have experience of applying economics, preferably in regulation or competition policy or in auction design. This will typically have been gained through working at a consultancy, at another regulator, competition authority or government agency/department, or a regulated company. Familiarity with the communications industry is useful but not essential.


Further Information

All Ofcom staff enjoy generous benefits including private medical care, a private pension and 25 days’ leave (with the option of purchasing up to 10 additional days) see: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/jobs/benefits.


We have bright, modern offices in both central London and Edinburgh. Colleagues in both offices work on UK-wide projects.


We recognise that not everyone has the same needs and we strive to offer flexible working arrangements to help manage work and personal commitments. We have family friendly policies that actively seek to support our colleagues and enable our teams to work in the most effective way. We welcome applications from candidates who would like to work part-time or flexibly, so please tell us what your preferred working arrangements are.


Regulatory economist, Competition economics, Competition policy, Auction, Economics, Analytical skills, Modelling, Telecoms, Broadcasting, Econometrics


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