Join the IES team

We are always interested in looking at CVs of qualified individuals who feel their skills could contribute to the valuable work we do here at IES. 

Research Interns, £15,379

We regularly have opportunities available for suitably qualified people to join us for three months and gain experience as Research Interns. We pay the Living Wage and can offer a range of opportunities to develop research skills and knowledge among a friendly team of staff. We look for people with an undergraduate degree in a social or economic science discipline who can demonstrate some knowledge of and interest in one or more aspects of employment policy or human resource management issues.

Research Officers, up to £26,193

We also welcome proactive applications from suitably qualified people to join us as Research Officers. We initially offer a one year contract with a salary ranging from £22,848 - £26,193, a range of benefits and may subsequently offer a permanent contract subject to performance and business need. We look for people who have either a) a higher degree in a social or economic science discipline with evidence of an understanding of UK employment policy and/or HR policy and practice and an interest in employment issues or b) an undergraduate social science degree coupled with significant relevant work experience on employment or HRM topics (at least 6 months) in an applied research or similar setting.

Freelance Associates

We regularly work with freelance associates who provide specialist expertise in one or more areas of our work, or provide more general support on projects including interviewing, data analysis and reviewing literature.

Get in touch

If you feel you meet the criteria for any of the roles above, and would like to be considered, please send us a covering letter outlining your requirements, skills and expectations and a copy of your CV to

What's it like to work at IES?

IES is a leading independent centre for research and evidence-based consultancy. We provide insights on employment and human resource management topics to help improve policy and practice.

We work closely with government departments, agencies, professional and employee bodies, and employers. We are a registered charity, with over 40 multidisciplinary staff, plus UK and international associates. We seek to be an equal opportunities employer.

Personal support and development

We work in small, often multidisciplinary teams, on projects which range in size from a few days’ work to several years and have the opportunity to develop a range of skills and research interests.

Staff have regular one-to-ones with their line manager, a tailored personal development plan, plus opportunities for formal and informal skills development and for disseminating research. We have a friendly workplace culture and an active social committee. The Institute is an Investor in People.

Financial rewards and benefits

For staff on a fixed-term or permanent contract, we offer an extremely generous contributory career-average defined benefit pension scheme (USS), to which IES pays a monthly contribution of 18 per cent of basic salary and staff pay 8 per cent. We also pay an salary supplement subject to Institute financial performance. We offer 39 days holiday per year made up of 27 days annual leave, plus Bank Holidays and four Institute closure days (pro-rata for fixed term and part time contracts). 

Our location

Our head office is based in central Brighton and we have a satellite office in London.

Brighton and the surrounding areas offer a superb location in which to live with easy access to the sea, countryside, and plenty of culture and nightlife. Brighton is close to Gatwick airport (30 mins), London (1 hour) and France (2.5 hours). Projects sometimes require us to travel in the UK or occasionally overseas.