On the Government Economic Service Fast Stream you’ll embark on a career path in economics that influences policy, shapes the government’s response to some of the key issues of the day and changes lives.
3 to 5 years
Being a Government Economist is not just about analysing data. As a Government Economic Service Fast Streamer (GES), you will be involved in important current issues, helping to shape government policy.
You'll have the chance to develop your expertise through postings in areas such as macro-economic modelling, competition policy, international financial issues, labour market trends, taxation, housing benefits, local government finance, public health and criminal justice. You’ll also develop as a leader to become an influential analyst at the heart of government.
The type of economics used will vary hugely and you could be working for a wide range of government departments or agencies, sometimes even overseas. There's also the option to join the Diplomatic Service as an Economist. Diplomatic Service.
For more further about GES and the assessment centre please see www.ges.gov.uk
Beyond the GES Fast Stream, wherever you find yourself working, you would be leading a team that puts economics at the heart of the policy-making process within years.
As the UK’s largest recruiter of economists, you won’t be alone. Join 1,400 professionals across government in more than 30 departments and agencies. Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to £55k.
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Year 1 - 2 years minimum. You’ll be allocated a department for your first posting After that it’s up to you and your manager how often you move, and where to. If we cannot allocate you to one of your preferred departments, we allocate you to your preferred location.
Year 2 - It is also worth remembering that starting your career in a department which is not your first choice can be very rewarding, particularly in terms of broadening your experience and furthering your career.
Year 3 - You may also find it useful to talk to your mentor for more advice. If there is a particular department you are interested in moving to, you may wish to speak to your mentor to see what opportunities are available.
Year 4 - As a Government Economist, you could work in areas such as macroeconomic modeling; competition policy; international financial issues; labour market trends; taxation; housing benefits; local government finance; public health and criminal justice, to name but a few.
We actively encourage continuous professional development with the guideline for CPD of 100 hours per year (at least 50 hours of this must be spent on economics). Support includes:
- On-the-job coaching
- One-day induction course
- One-day course on economic appraisal
- One-day course on impact assessment
- A bespoke talent development programme at each stage of your career.
Up to £55k
If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you'll earn around £45k to £55k.
You’ll have a unique chance to work on issues that really matter, and to gain experience internally and externally. It’s the best foundation for promotion and long-term progression.
Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, child care assistance and more.
If you pass the online tests, you'll be invited to complete an Application Form and this will be sifted by the scheme owner. If successful at the sift, then you will be invited to attend a half-day assessment at one of our assessment centres in either London or Newcastle.
We'll ask you to take part in a series of exercises. This includes a leadership exercise, a group exercise and an analysis exercise.
You can take a virtual tour of the assessment centres at the following links:
If you are successful at the assessment centre, you’ll be invited to take part in a final selection process.
The specialist assessments will assess your broad capabilities and motivation to be part of the profession you’ve chosen. You’ll be sent detailed guidance before the assessment to explain what is involved.