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Economics

Economist, Cross-cutting Analytical Priority Projects, Data and Analysis, Ministry of Justice – 67555
£51,767 – £64,135
National

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We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

. Overview

We have one G7 economist role available in the Analytical Priority Projects Unit within the Data and Analysis Directorate.

Roles are open to: 

  • Existing analysts from the Government Economics Service (GES) either on level transfer or on promotion, and
  • Other economists that are not members of the GES profession but possess and can demonstrate similar experience at the appropriate level. Badging opportunities will be available once in post for those who wish to apply.

We welcome applications from candidates based across the UK. Candidates will have the option of being based in the Leeds or London HQ offices (with flexible working arrangements available) or your nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. These are in Liverpool, Leeds, South Tyneside, Nottingham, Cardiff, Ipswich and Brighton. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of background checks.

Interviews are likely to take place in early January and will be held via MS Teams. We will keep a merit list for a year for those who successfully pass the interview board but who are not offered a post.    

What you’ll do  

This role is within the MoJ Analytical Priority Projects Cross-cutting team. This team delivers analysis at pace for a variety of priority, high-profile commissions in line with ministerial and government priorities. The team works closely with many teams in the Data and Analysis Directorate and the wider department and is made up of a mix of professions, skills and experience. It is highly respected by senior colleagues across MoJ and its arm-length bodies and the shape of the team is still developing so this is an exciting time to join and shape it. Culturally, the team is hard-working and friendly, and values diversity and inclusion.

Projects vary and this will allow you to quickly get a high-level picture of the justice system and build different skills. Examples of current priorities include analysis of the impact of the economy on the justice system and support for the Autumn Fiscal Event, where the successful candidate will work energetically and enthusiastically to deliver priority economic work. Specific economic approaches are likely to include: Impact Assessments, Cost/Benefit analysis, Business Cases.

The post-holder will have line management responsibility for below-G7 staff.

About Data & Analysis

We are passionate about improving justice outcomes through innovative research, data and analysis.

In Data and Analysis, we provide high quality data and analysis helping to ensure strategic, policy, finance, corporate and operational decisions are based on robust evidence.

We create a culture in which people are empowered with the data and information to make excellent decisions; using cutting edge tools, techniques and collaboration; putting evidence at the heart of the justice system.

We are a multi-disciplinary team of around 500 staff that sits at the heart of the Ministry of Justice providing analytical support across a diverse and exciting agenda. We work in a dynamic and fast-paced context and our skills are in heavy demand across the Ministry of Justice. Our collaborations beyond government are seen as ground-breaking.

The Data and Analysis community is made up of analysts and specialists including: Social Researchers, Economists, Operational Researchers, Statisticians, Data Engineers, Data Scientists and other data specialists (such as data strategists, data dissemination, generalists and assurance experts).

Why work in Data and Analysis?

Do you have the passion, values, and ability to help us solve the biggest problems of the justice system?

In Data and Analysis, we want all our people to feel valued for who they are and for the work they do. We provide a warm, inclusive place to work and offer a wide range of flexibilities and benefits as part of our people offer to reward our staff.

What we offer

  • Flexible working arrangements and a focus on equality of opportunity – including welcoming part-time and/or job-share arrangements, compressed hours, working from home or your nearest Justice Collaboration Centres or Justice Satellite Office.
  • Career development – regular development and promotion opportunities across a wide range of roles, career development support, with a generous individual learning and development budget.
  • Range of new areas of work and new tools and techniques – we pride ourselves on our excellent deployment of well-established analytical methods, but also our progress to date. Progress such as our ambitious and innovative transformation programme to leverage departmental data and drive evidence-based decision-making using cutting-edge tools and techniques (for example: experimentation, personalisation, artificial intelligence).
  • Analysis is at the centre of the Department’s decision making – our transformation programme is focused on maximising our impact on departmental outcomes. The Ministry of Justice’s Senior Team and our Ministerial Team want all decisions to be evidence driven – your analysis will be key in influencing decisions and real-world impact
  • Vibrant community – part of a multidisciplinary team that has a supportive culture and is looking to further develop the community with the help of everyone.
  • See the frontline and what your work is influencing – regular opportunities to visit our front-line service providers, including courts, prisons, and probation to better understand the areas your analysis is affecting. 

Analytical Priority Projects 

Analytical Priority Projects (APP) is a multi-disciplinary unit of around 100 staff which sits at the heart of the Data and Analysis Directorate in the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). We provide analytical support across a diverse and exciting range of priority projects, helping the department to deliver its highest priorities.  We do this by delivering varied analytical projects to the highest standards. The types of analysis we currently do in APP include research, trials, evaluations, options appraisal and business cases.

This is a particularly exciting time to join the Unit as it is undergoing an expansion and refreshing our delivery model in order to ensure MoJ is resourced to deliver its policy priorities. The results from the most recent Temperature Check Survey done in the Directorate, showed extremely positive results. For example:

  • 80% agreed/strongly agreed with the statement “I feel included”
  • 94% agreed/strongly agreed with the statement “I work well with my team members”
  • 93% agreed/strongly agreed with the statement “I work well with my partners” 

Who you are 

The following experience and skills will be required:

  • An inspirational and compelling future leader with experience of overseeing virtual and/or actual teams in applying wide ranging analytical techniques to solve complex real-world problems 
  • A credible economist who is able to work across boundaries to prioritise analytical effort and focus delivery on high-impact economic analysis that directly enables operational and/or strategic decision-making 
  • A collaborative individual who thrives on bringing people together to solve problems, drive change and deliver impact 
  • An excellent communicator who can translate complex technical challenges and opportunities in a transparent and compelling way, building support and momentum 
  • A user and customer focused analyst who values and works hard to understand the complexity and diversity of customer needs and expectations. 

How to apply 

You’ll need to submit an anonymised CV and Statement of Suitability as part of your application. You will not be considered if you do not provide both. 

Your CV should be no more than 2 pages long and should show us your work history and previous experience. It should be well structured, succinct and written in clear language. 

Your Statement of Suitability should be no more than 750 words and should give us examples of how your skills and experience match those needed for this role. Consider giving an example for each bullet point, in the skills requirements ‘Who you are’ section and use work you have completed to demonstrate how you meet each one.  

Selection Process 

There will be an initial sift of applicants through comparing submitted evidence against the ‘Who you are’ bullets. This usually takes two weeks, depending on the number of applications. 

Those who make it through the initial sift will be invited to a Civil Service Success Profile interview. In the Civil Service we use Success Profiles to help us find the right person for the job. We will be using a mixture of methods to assess your abilities, strengths, experience, technical skills and behaviours. We highly recommend learning about Success Profiles and using the Situation, Task, Action, Result and Reflection (STARR) framework when structuring your answers. 

The highest scoring candidates that pass the interview will be offered the roles. The whole process can take up to a month. 

Behaviours 

You will be assessed against the Civil service success profiles framework at interview stage: 

  • Managing a Quality Service 
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together 

Please also refer to the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/717275/CS_Behaviours_2018.pdf  

As well as the three civil service behaviours stated above, you will be assessed on two sets of professional competence at interview. 

Professional Competencies  

  • Professional Competency (1) Knowledge & Skills

GES – Analysis of Data 

  • Professional Competency (2) Influence & Impact

GES – Effective communication  

For more information regarding Professional Competency (2) please refer to the analytical profession internet links below. Please note that some aspect of the professional competency may overlap with the MoJ competencies listed above. We therefore recommend that in providing evidence for the professional competency, candidates focus on the technical and methodology aspects of the competencies that are specific to the profession. We will use evidence presented for the MoJ competencies in assessing the wider skills candidates have.  

Government Economic Service (GES): Further information can be found within the link below: 

GES Professional Standards 2022  

Applicants invited for Interview  

You will be required to give a 5-minute presentation/test at interview. Details of this will be sent to those candidates who are invited for interview.  

Further Information 

If you require any additional information about the role, please contact:

Nikki Degun Nikki.Degun@justice.gov.uk

Salary

The national salary range is £51,767 - £59,590, London salary range is £55,720 - £64,135. Your salary will be dependent on your base location

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Pension

The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Networks

The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.