Economist careers at Ofcom

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.

The Economics Group is crucial to ensuring Ofcom's decisions are based on robust research and analysis. Ofcom's economists apply innovative conceptual thinking and a wide range of quantitative methods.

Luisa Affuso, Ofcom's Chief Economist
Luisa Affuso, Ofcom's Chief Economist

Ofcom has one of the largest competition and regulatory economics teams in the UK, with more than 60 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.

In December 2020, the UK Government decided to appoint Ofcom as the new regulator for online harms. This means we will take on new responsibilities to protect children and vulnerable people when they are online and give everybody greater confidence to enjoy the huge benefits of being online safely. These new responsibilities will require new and innovative conceptual thinking, and the application of a wide range of quantitative methods.

Our work involves many stakeholders and uses a range of skills. For example, you might be working in teams that:

  • use behavioural economics to understand how people buy communication services and make it easier for them to switch provider;
  • assess the potential positive and negative impact on the media sector of BBC services such as new TV channels and apps;
  • analyse competitive conditions in broadband markets using applied industrial organisation theory, and identify ways to address market power and promote competition in the build out of fibre networks;
  • provide financial insight and economic modelling to help ensure the provision of the universal postal service; and
  • 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.

As an Ofcom economist, you will get involved in the issues straight away, helping to formulate policy options and considering what analysis and evidence is needed to 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, Edinburgh, Cardiff or Belfast offices.