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Particulars of normal

Typical job titles embody

Assistant Economist, Junior Economist, Affiliate Economist, Financial Analyst, Economist

Occupational profile

The core tasks of a Skilled Economist are to provide rigorous, related and impactful financial evaluation to drive decision-making in any respect ranges – from operational choices to strategic enterprise and coverage choices. Skilled economists work in a variety of industries and sectors, from small consultancies to massive banks to the civil service and wider public sector. Whereas every of those brings their very own specialisms, the work of an expert economist usually entails figuring out a query of curiosity that impacts their organisation, approaching it by analysing information, decoding this by drawing on a information of financial principle or making knowledgeable predictions concerning the future, and speaking any findings with readability.

Examples of this embody: analysing the comparative advantages of investing in new transport traces, hospitals, or colleges; advising purchasers on their seemingly market dimension and share, corresponding to predicting the variety of cell phones they’ll count on to promote; serving to write the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Finances or advising the Financial institution of England on rate of interest coverage; advising organisations on the financial impression of local weather or technological change and what their enterprise or coverage response must be. 

Skilled economists normally work in groups, and at this stage the apprentice will usually be working for extra a senior economist as a part of a staff – for instance by collating information, performing evaluation of traits, writing briefing reviews, analysing market share and dimension of firms, and presenting this evaluation. Completion of this built-in diploma apprenticeship will allow people to work throughout employers {of professional} economists within the personal, public and third sectors.

Entry necessities

Entry necessities can be determined by particular person employers. Candidates would possibly usually have three A ranges or equal related Stage 3 {qualifications}, ideally together with Maths or a willingness to enhance maths functionality to this stage. This apprenticeship can also be open to brilliant, enthusiastic candidates with different related {qualifications} or earlier expertise.


Sometimes, 42-48 months.

Qualification & Stage

All apprentices should full a stage 6 Skilled Economist Diploma (BSc or BA). Apprentices with out stage 2 English and Maths might want to obtain this stage previous to taking the end-point evaluation. For these with an schooling, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion the apprenticeships English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Stage 3 and British Signal Language qualification are an alternative choice to English {qualifications} for whom that is their main language.    

Overview Date

This apprenticeship customary must be reviewed inside three years of its approval.

Information, expertise and behaviours

Information What’s required (by means of formal studying and utilized in response to the enterprise atmosphere)
Financial principle

Information of financial principle, together with:

  • Core financial insights: the issue of allocating and distributing scarce sources, contemplating ‘marginal’ results (e.g. the impact of receiving further revenue, or shopping for one further good or service), what elements people take into account in making financial choices, how these choices can have totally different impacts on totally different elements of the inhabitants, and the right way to outline the extent of satisfaction they derive from consuming items or companies.
  • Microeconomic principle: the interplay of provide and demand; how markets function and when they don’t work properly; the right way to assess the potential dimension of a marketplace for a very good or service; how people and corporations make choices; how corporations compete and the way industries are structured; the right way to incorporate practical assumptions about human behaviour into financial evaluation; the right way to worth items and companies, together with when their monetary worth may not be apparent, the right way to evaluate prices and advantages of various programs of motion with a view to inform a call.
  • Macroeconomic principle: how the financial system operates at totally different ranges; what nationwide revenue and financial development is, how economists measure it, why it issues and what drives it; what impacts unemployment, wages, and costs; how authorities coverage and worldwide occasions can have an effect on the financial system and trade-offs that governments face; inequality and the distribution of revenue; the position of the monetary system within the financial system; and broad information of UK financial historical past.
  • Worldwide economics: alternate charges, how the financial system operates at a global stage and the establishments that help it, why and the way nations commerce, commerce coverage, worldwide monetary markets.
  • Pluralism and debates in economics: information of various views and approaches in economics, information of present debates in financial analysis.

All through the above, information of: how financial principle pertains to historical past and establishments, and the way this has modified over time; how principle is utilized in financial coverage choices; limits of financial principle and economics’ interplay with the opposite social sciences; how this informs the financial evaluation used within the using organisation.

Utilized statistical information To show the idea above into sensible evaluation, a complete understanding of statistical strategies for utilized financial evaluation is required, in addition to an understanding of the info itself. This should embody: use of statistical software program; an understanding of the right way to decide whether or not a change in a single variable causes a change in one other; dealing with information units; coverage analysis strategies; understanding the suitable methodology for use in every state of affairs; how financial statistics are constructed and the right way to use them.


What’s required (by means of formal studying and utilized in response to the enterprise atmosphere)

Utilized financial and information evaluation Rigorously analyse advanced data and information, drawing on economics information and making use of it to questions of curiosity for the organisation, whereas being conscious of the constraints of financial evaluation and the out there information. Show a superb working information of and successfully use applicable statistical and spreadsheet software program to ship this evaluation. Strategy evaluation as a sensible drawback solver: select the suitable strategy from a spread of financial and different analytical instruments, use judgement the place information is incomplete, take into account the context, diploma of uncertainty, time pressures, and the query that wants answering. Guarantee evaluation has impression: clarify what is occurring and why it issues, and suggest options.
Communication Clearly talk financial ideas, evaluation or recommendation, dangers and uncertainty. Do that in each written and oral kinds, to each specialists and non-specialists. Talk with readability and conciseness, tailoring communication to the viewers to have the utmost impression. Show a capability to take heed to, interpret and perceive stakeholders’ wants, to make sure that financial evaluation is answering a query that may handle these wants.
Synthesise proof Use private judgement in collating proof from a variety of sources, evaluating the relevance, high quality and validity of analysis, and reveal a capability to distil this proof in order that it solutions the query at hand. 

High quality Assurance

Overview and high quality guarantee the evaluation of others to make sure it’s of top of the range. Present applicable problem to strategies and outcomes, and frequently consider the standard of study to make sure that the organisation is producing strong financial evaluation which may stand as much as scrutiny.
Planning and Prioritisation Work to tight deadlines and reply to altering priorities. Successfully plan and prioritise time and coordinate the enter of others with a view to meet deadlines, throughout a number of initiatives.
Staff Working & Collaboration Work successfully in groups and with others, sustaining efficient, skilled working relationship each internally and externally throughout organisations.


What’s required (by means of formal studying and utilized in response to the enterprise atmosphere)

Skilled Scepticism Show an angle that features a questioning thoughts, being alert to the hazards of bewilderment or misrepresenting financial information; problem and query proof and approaches.
Management Take accountability for work assigned, demonstrating the drive and vitality to get issues achieved, even when below stress. Proactively recommend areas during which financial and multidisciplinary evaluation can enhance the best way the organisation operates, and anticipate the place future demand for evaluation can be wanted.


Be keen to each pay attention and be taught, and in a position to adapt to altering priorities. Have the flexibleness to take care of excessive requirements in a altering atmosphere. Frequently attempt to enhance personal working processes and people of the organisation.
Collaborating and Partnering Act as a staff participant, investing time to generate a standard focus and real staff spirit. Work collaboratively and construct supportive, trusting {and professional} relationships with colleagues, together with these of different professions and specialisms.  
Ethics and Integrity Be sincere and principled in actions and interactions. Respect others and work throughout the moral necessities of the career and compliance guidelines of the organisation of employment.




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