graduate job
Expires16 days

Research Consultant

Job description

SQW, a leading independent provider of research, analysis and advice in economic and social development, is expanding and we are looking to recruit bright, motivated graduates to support our growth.

Public policy can shape a better society. SQW informs public policy through high quality research, analysis and insight. This includes researching how local economies work and innovation can be increased, whether businesses benefit from support schemes, and how programmes address health inequalities or enhance people’s employment prospects.

This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the UK’s leading economic development consultancies helping our clients to shape and implement national and local policy. You will join our Research Consultant Development Programme, which provides structure and support to boost your professional development during the first two years. This offers training and opportunities to network with your peers in other offices and work with colleagues at all levels in SQW.

We have specific expertise in a range of policy areas, and there are opportunities to work across the board. These include: innovation and business growth; spatial and local economic development; education, skills and employment; and health. Recent examples of projects across these areas include:

  • Evaluations of four Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programmes covering manufacturing, food production, foundation industries and precision medicine
  • Research to support the refresh of the Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review
  • Market assessment and business case for a proposed new Sustainable Materials Translational Research Centre in Greater Manchester
  • Looking at the impact of improving communication between healthcare professionals and patients in the NHS in England
  • Evaluations of the Work and Health programmes in Greater Manchester and London
  • Reviewing the productivity and environmental impacts of low carbon innovation programmes
  • Research to support the University of Glasgow and Scottish Enterprise in attracting funding to grow the precision medicine sector and ecosystem in Scotland
  • Cell and gene therapy cluster study for Hertfordshire LEP
  • Support for a number of Levelling Up and Towns Fund bids.

Research Consultants play an important role in SQW’s project teams, working on a wide variety of assignments. Your work will typically include carrying out background research, conducting literature and policy reviews, managing and analysing surveys, undertaking interviews, analysing data, report writing, and contributing to team and client meetings. There are opportunities to make a real contribution to the business and help our clients shape national and local policy early on in your career with us.

We offer an excellent remuneration package which includes:

  • Competitive basic salary
  • Performance related bonus
  • Flexible working
  • Contributory pension scheme with up to 5% matching contributions
  • Permanent Health Insurance and Death in Service
  • Flexible benefits options, which include private health and dental schemes for individuals and their dependents, health screening and bikes to work scheme
  • Support for continuous personal and professional development.

We also offer a package of support for the welfare of our employees, and our corporate charitable activities are designed to support well-being through volunteering and our activity-based challenges. SQW offsets its carbon footprint by contributing to accredited community-based projects within developing countries that have strong additional benefits beyond reducing carbon emissions.

We have a hybrid working approach with time in the office combined with days working at home and time with clients, on fieldwork etc. Only those candidates who meet the level of experience outlined above and hold the current Right to Work in the UK can be considered for this role.

What we are looking for

You will be ambitious and work to very high standards, whilst taking responsibility for your own development in a supportive and challenging environment where you will enjoy variety and continuous learning.

You will have a minimum of a 2.1 first degree in a discipline such as economics, politics, geography or science. A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline is desirable. The role requires strong analytical, written and communication skills, sound IT skills, and abilities to work collaboratively and manage your time effectively. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who can demonstrate strong quantitative research skills, including statistical analysis and/or relevant professional work experience.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

£23,000 - £26,000

plus attractive benefits package

Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

We will be reviewing applications as they come in and so you are encouraged to apply early.

Minority ethnicities are under-represented within consulting. To create meaningful change for our clients, our people and our communities, we need diverse talent combined with diverse ways of working. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from candidates of any and all backgrounds.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 28 August 2022

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Closing date:  28 August 2022

Expires16 days

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