Adam Elston


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Senior Research Fellow

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Adam joined IES in September 2017, to work on HR consultancy projects. Prior to joining IES, he was a freelance researcher, working on projects ranging from the development of an executive remuneration database, to analyses of pay trends in the public sector. Before this, he was Assistant Editor of the Incomes Data Services (IDS) management reward journal, Executive Compensation Review, until joining the contract research team at IDS as Senior Project Manager in 2009.

In his time as Assistant Editor at IDS, Adam was responsible for annual research publications such as Pay and Progression for Graduates and Executive pay in AIM, SmallCap and Fledgling firms. In his project management role Adam undertook a wide range of reward projects commissioned by organisations including the Office for Manpower Economics, High Pay Centre, Civil Aviation Authority, TUC Unionlearn and a large number of private sector clients. Projects focused on all areas of pay-related issues, from benchmarking and job evaluation exercises, to equal pay reviews and large scale membership surveys.


2001 Birbeck, University of London MSc Social and Political Theory
1999 Birbeck, University of London BA Politics, Philosophy and History


2015-2017 Freelance Researcher
2009-2015 Senior Contract Research Project Manager, Incomes Data Services
2003-2009 Assistant Editor, Executive Compensation Review, Incomes Data Services

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