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 14.5 per cent of basic salary and staff pay 6.1 per cent. We also pay a 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.

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.