Research Officers

Salary £23,769 to £26,455 (depending on skills and experience) plus benefits

Would you like to be at the forefront of research?
Help influence government policy and employer practice, making the UK a better place to live, study and work?
Join a vibrant, Brighton-based team, with clear opportunities for progression and generous annual leave entitlements?

Making a difference through social research

As a not-for-profit, the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has been delivering independent, evidence-based research that makes a difference for fifty years.

From helping major employers to stop the gender pay gap in its tracks, to assisting government departments to understand the effects of new initiatives such as the T Levels, IES leads a wide programme of research on issues that matter. As a researcher, every day is different, and we’ll support you to develop your own area of research interest.

About you

We are looking for bright, inquisitive researchers who are passionate about improving employment and education policy and practices. Ideally you’ll have:
    1. a higher degree in a social science discipline with evidence of significant understanding of UK employment policy and interest in labour market/employment/HR issues.


    2. an undergraduate degree with significant relevant work experience in applied social or economic research.

Experience in handling quantitative data, and using software packages, such as SPSS or Stata to conduct multi-variate analysis is desirable, but not essential.

Your benefits

IES is based in Brighton. We offer excellent benefits, including 27 days holiday per year, plus four closure days over Christmas, plus bank holidays and a contributory career-average defined-benefit pension scheme (USS). We also can offer you career progression and development opportunities and support you to disseminate your research, build your external reputation and expand your knowledge through working with our expert staff.
For full details of the role, and to download an application form, please see below.

Job description/person specification

How to apply

To be eligible for consideration, please use an IES application form:

Please also complete an equal opportunities monitoring form:

Send your application form and accompanying equal opportunities monitoring form to:

Address: Careers, Institute for Employment Studies, City Gate, 185 Dyke Road, Brighton BN3 1TL

If you would like an informal discussion about the post, please contact Catriona Homer, HR Manager on 01273 763421.

Application closing date: midday, Monday, 1 July, 2019

Legal note

The Institute for Employment Studies is committed to equality of opportunity and we encourage diversity in the workplace. The current British and European law states that we cannot employ a person aged 16 or over who does not have permission to live and work in the UK. You should make yourself aware of how immigration laws apply to your situation before applying for any jobs (see Home Office UK Border Agency website).

The Institute for Employment Studies:

  • is a registered charity (no. 258390)
  • seeks to be an equal opportunities employer
  • is an Investor in People