Economist careers at Ofcom

22 September 2017

Communications are crucial to the lives of UK citizens and consumers, and as the sector regulator Ofcom’s role is to ensure these markets work for everyone.

The fast-paced nature of the markets we oversee means this role is ever-changing, and economics provides a key basis for much of what we do.

Photo of Sharon White, CEO

"Ofcom’s economists play a crucial role in ensuring communication markets continue to work for consumers.” – Sharon White, Chief Executive

Ofcom has one of the largest competition and regulatory economics teams in the UK, with more than 50 economists working on issues related to TV, radio and video-on-demand sectors, fixed-line telecoms, mobile and postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate. Our work involves a large number of stakeholders and utilises a range of technical skills and competencies. On a day to day basis we might:

  • analyse competitive conditions in telecoms markets using applied industrial organisation theory, and identify ways to address market power and promote competition;
  • provide financial insight and economic modelling to help maintain the regulatory regime which secures the provision of the universal postal service;
  • adopt some of the principles of game theory and auction theory to inform the best ways to allocate portions of the airwaves over which wireless devices operate; and
  • use behavioural economics to understand how consumers compare products when making their purchase decisions.

As an Ofcom economist, you will get involved in the issues straight away, helping to formulate policy options and reach robust decisions.

We recognise that not everyone has the same needs and we strive to offer flexible working arrangements to help manage work and personal commitments. We have family friendly policies that actively seek to support our colleagues and enable our teams to work in the most effective way. Opportunities are available in our London and Edinburgh offices.