government economic service


Government Economic Service

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 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

For more further about GES and the assessment centre please see


  • you need to be eligible to work in the UK
  • you need, or expect to have, a 2:1 degree or higher or a post-graduate degree in an economic subject
  • for mixed degrees, at least 50% should be in economics

What will you experience?

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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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Your progression through the programme

Supporting your learning

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.

What benefits will you enjoy?


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.

Application process


Online tests

The online tests consist of Work Style Questionnaires and multimedia Situational Judgement Questionnaires, Work Based Scenarios and a video interview.

You'll only move on to the next test, if you've successfully passed the previous one.


Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests, you’ll be invited to attend a half day assessment centre in either London or Newcastle. The Fast Stream Assessment Centre (FSAC) reflects some of the key elements of a Fast Stream role and will consist of a leadership exercise, a group exercise and a written analysis exercise. Information is presented via an iPad tablet; alternative formats are available.

You can take a virtual tour of the assessment centres at the following links:




Final selection

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.

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