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Data Insights Analyst

Closing date: 25 Oct 2021

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  • Either full-time or part-time
  • London

Website WPI Economics

WPI Economics is a specialist economics, data insight and public policy consultancy. We provide a range of public, private and charitable clients with research, modelling and advice to influence and deliver better outcomes through improved public policy design and delivery. We work with a range of organisations – from FTSE 100/250 companies to SMEs and charities and Central and Local Government.

Who are we?

WPI Economics is an economics, data insight and public policy consultancy that specialises in conducting research, analysis and modelling that makes an impact on important social and economic policy debates. We are motivated by a desire to make a difference, both through the work we undertake and by taking our responsibilities as a business seriously. We have recently worked on topics as varied as:

In each of these areas we have provided clients with in-depth data analysis, policy research, strategic advice and hands-on support to help them understand, design, and / or implement policy.

What is the opportunity?

We have successfully grown our business over the last 18 months. We are looking for a new Data Insights Analyst to join the team and work on a number of our high-profile data-led projects. These use a mixture of the UK’s household surveys as well as administrative data to analyse, model and visualise the economic and social issues facing people across the UK. This is a unique opportunity to use data, social science and analysis skills to make an impact on public debate and social policy. Central aspects of this role will include working on London’s Poverty Profile, our work for the Social Metrics Commission and work exploring the wider determinants of health in the UK.

You will have experience with data analysis, and coding within environments such as R, Python and / or STATA. You will have an understanding of, and experience in using, large-scale household surveys and administrative data, and a desire to make an impact with this. You might have a background in data science, economics, or in a broader social science. You will be passionate about using data to make a difference, and working on important social policy issues.

For this role, you will:

  • Be based in our friendly office in the heart of Westminster, or working remotely due to either Covid-19 conditions and/or your own circumstances;
  • Provide insightful analysis and research that supports public policy and economic consulting;
  • Communicate your findings in an engaging written, verbal and visual manner, often through websites designed to host the content and sometimes through bespoke data platforms;
  • Build or further develop your professional data skills, understanding of UK politics and gain experience working on multiple different policy areas and political issues; and
  • Be part of a tight-knit team built on respect and mutual understanding who will welcome you, enable you to fit work around your life and help you to grow professionally.

What are the responsibilities?

Your main priorities will be working on our high-profile data insights outputs. However, we are a small team of ten and cover a range of different areas of work, so we expect you to also be involved directly and indirectly on a range of other topics, providing support on analysis and data insights. Day-to-day responsibilities may include:

  • Researching and building expertise across a number of relevant data sources.
  • Conducting a range of quantitative analyses, to provide insights into important social policy issues in the UK.
  • Processing a wide variety of data types in a codified environment (mostly R).
  • Producing high quality visuals to surface key insights for various forms of publication (interactive online as well as print) and for wide range of audience types.  
  • Working collaboratively with the team and clients to produce impactful analysis and develop suitable audit trails and quality assurance of outputs.
  • Writing up clear and engaging findings for different audiences.

You will also contribute to the direction and growth of a growing small business as we expand into new policy areas and engage with new clients.

Core Attributes/Characteristics:

Essential:

  • Quantitative experience: experience of applying statistical and/or economic techniques to provide analysis and insight that makes an impact with experts and non-experts. In particular, experience of data analysis and modelling skills in code environments, (for example one or more of R, STATA SPSS, SQL, SAS, Python).
  • Experience of using large-scale household surveys (e.g. Labour Force Survey, Family Resources Survey) and / or Government datasets such as Stat-Xplore and NOMIS.
  • Data visualisation: Experience of (or enthusiasm to gain experience in) creating data visualisations and interactive data dashboards using packages such as Tableau, QGIS, ArcGIS, Flourish and R.
  • Communications and writing skills: the ability to distil complex analyses clearly and concisely into a clear and comprehensible set of findings in both verbal and written formats.

Desirable:

  • Level 6-8 qualifications (or international equivalent) in a quantitative social science or a closely related subject, and experience in applying statistical analysis and / or economics to public policy issues.
  • Political awareness: an appreciation and understanding of political news, trends, and issues, and the ability to understand their implications for the business, and clients.
  • Policy interest: an interest in the main policy debates occurring within the United Kingdom, and interest/experience in applying theory to practical policy issues.

Testimonials:

You can see what others have thought of working at WPI Economics here.

Equal opportunities, diversity and flexible working:

We are an equal opportunities employer and value diversity. Diversity in our team adds to our company’s creativity and productivity and to facilitate this we actively encourage flexible working arrangements. Members of our team already work flexibly, whether that is part-time, remote working or flexible hours and we would welcome discussing anything that would make WPI Economics work for you.

WPI Economics is an accredited Living Wage Employer and actively support mental health through our work as a team and providing employees with access to support through Spill.

The deadline for applications is 9am Monday 25th October 2021. We aim to contact all applicants by Friday 29th October to confirm whether you have been selected for interview and expect interviews to be held over video conference between 1st and 5th November 2021.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email [email protected].

As part of any recruitment process, WPI Economics collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. Please see our full privacy policy here for details about how we collect and use that data. Equality and diversity data will combined (aggregated) with other applicants’ data and analysed only on an anonymous basis. Non-anonymised data will be deleted once the data has been aggregated.

To apply for this job please visit wpieconomics.com.

Other benefits

We offer a competitive package that will be based on the experience and skills of the successful candidate The compensation for this role includes:

£25,000 – £30,000 per annum, based on experience

  • 25 days annual leave (plus a shutdown between Christmas and New Year)
  • 3% pension contribution
  • Season ticket loans
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Access to the Spill mental health platform (including professional counsellors)
  • A friendly Westminster office (with good coffee!)

Any other details

  • Location: Westminster, London (currently working a mixture of remotely and in the office). Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.
  • Start date: As soon as possible
  • Salary: £25,000 – £30,000 dependent on experience

How to apply

An answer to the following exercise in a separate document; please do not include your name or any other identifying information on this document.

Please submit a 2-page article on inequalities in health in the UK – based on your own original analysis of publicly available data such as you will find at Public Health England’s data portal Fingertips, NOMIS, the Indices of Multiple Deprivation or other relevant publicly available data. Please note this should not be a literature review or be based on recycling someone else’s analysis, we are interested in the analysis, interpretation and presentation of your findings here. As a guide, you might want to provide:

An explanation of the issue you are exploring;

  • Analysis clearly showing the inequalities that are present; an
  • Analysis of the groups / locations / people most impacted by the inequalities.

How you present this is up to you – but we expect to see a combination of graphics, charts and figures, with explanatory text and referencing.

You will be required to upload these documents as pdf, .doc, .docx, .odt, .html or .rtf files. You will also have the opportunity to submit any code you produced as a .txt file. We highly recommend you have these files ready before starting the application form.

The initial sift of applications for interview will be carried out entirely on the basis of your answer to the exercise to maximise the range of candidates that we bring forward. We will then review CVs and covering letters as a secondary sift for applications that are borderline on the basis of the exercise alone.

We take diversity seriously, so we have developed a name and university-blind approach to the first sift of applications. To enable this all applications should be submitted using this linkApplicants must have the right to work in the UK.

You will be required to submit:

  • A covering letter
  • Your CV

Application closing date: 9am Monday 25th October 2021, with interviews expected to be held by video call between the 1st and 5th November 2021.

We are happy to consider applicants who wish to work part-time. WPI Economics is committed to diversity, and so if you require any reasonable adjustments to be made at any stage of the application process please let us know.

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Job Details

Organisation: WPI Economics

Location: London

Salary: £20,000 - £30,000 (£25,000 - £30,000)

Closing date: 25 Oct 2021 (9 AM)

Contract type: Permanent

Full-time/part-time: Either full-time or part-time

Remote working: Flexible

About the Organisation

WPI Economics is a specialist economics, data insight and public policy consultancy. We provide a range of public, private and charitable clients with research, modelling and advice to influence and deliver better outcomes through improved public policy design and delivery. We work with a range of organisations – from FTSE 100/250 companies to SMEs and charities and Central and Local Government.

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