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The Work Foundation
Salary:   £29,619 (+ £3,257 London Weighting)
Closing Date:   Monday 02 January 2023
Interview Date:   Wednesday 11 January 2023
Reference:  1294-22

Interviews will be held on the 11th and 12th January 2023.


This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled quantitative researcher to join the Work Foundation. We are looking for someone who shares our goal to tackle structural inequalities in the  UK labour market through shaping changes in policy and practice, and has outstanding analytical skills to help make sure our research has real world impact.

Our working lives are changing, and as a society we are rethinking the roles of employers and Government in offering secure, inclusive work and a robust social safety net. We want to transform the labour market, so that everyone has access to secure and flexible work that fits in with their day-to-day lives.

About you

Are you ambitious to create research and evidence that helps to improve working lives in the UK?

With a degree in a quantitative discipline or equivalent experience, you will be able to rapidly acquire specialist knowledge and clearly communicate complex issues to a range of audiences. You will also be a constructive collaborator, able to build effective internal and external relationships with a wide range of groups including civil servants, academics, politicians, business leaders and workers. 

The work you’ll do

The Analyst will support data analysis projects at the Work Foundation, interpreting data, producing visualisations and briefings, and contributing to the development of creative policy recommendations. Their analysis and ideas will be crucial in furthering our mission to expose and tackle structural inequalities in the labour market that disabled workers, women and black and minority ethnic workers continue to face.

They will be involved in delivering our regular analytical outputs, such as the WF’s response to monthly data releases from the Office for National Statistics’ Labour Force Survey, and our annual UK Insecure Work Index. They’ll also help us to interpret and respond to developments in the world of work, generating insights into emerging trends and policy announcements as they transpire. 

We are continuing to build our profile and networks. Our labour market analysis regularly attracts print and broadcast media coverage, and has recently been cited in written and oral evidence to parliamentary select committees. 

We are ambitious about delivering research that has impact in society, and work closely with workers, employers and policymakers to realise that goal.  

We are a small, friendly and collaborative team focussed on building institutional expertise. Alongside formal training, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn from and support your research team colleagues through research workshops, presentations and peer learning. 

Being part of our team

Flexible working is important to us at the Work Foundation and we’re open to candidates who would like to work flexible hours or job share. Members of our team currently use a range of flexible working arrangements including part-time, flexible hours and compressed hours. 

We have offices in central London and on campus at Lancaster University. Our team tend to work part of the week at home, and part of the week on site, but both offices are available 5 days a week. 

The reward and benefits package for this role includes:

  • a salary of £29,619 (+ £3,257 London Weighting), with annual increments
  • a defined benefit pension with the Local Government Pensions Scheme (employer contributions currently 15%, employee contributions 6.5%)
  • a generous holiday entitlement (25 days plus 5 university closure days between Christmas and Easter), which increases with length of service 
  • a Cycle to Work Scheme
  • a confidential Employee Assistance Programme and a range of other benefits and discounts

About the Work Foundation

We believe everyone should have access to secure, rewarding and high-quality work. By engaging directly with workers, employers, policymakers and leading academics, we deliver rigorous applied research to tackle structural inequalities in the labour market and improve working lives across the UK. Our current areas of focus are: 

  • Our insecurity programme involves a flagship annual study, the UK Insecure Work Index, as well as in-depth analysis and influencing activity to understand the impacts of insecure work and drive lasting improvements in employment practices across the country. 
  • Our working lives programme is focused on tackling inequality within organisations. We have delivered research on making remote and hybrid working inclusive of disabled staff, and are currently looking at the role that employers can play in supporting staff through the cost of living crisis. 

Check out our blog and Twitter channels to find out more about our research, engagement and influencing work. 

The Work Foundation is a unique think tank. We been an independent source of ideas and analysis on the labour market and the wider economy for over a hundred years, but are also part of the world leading Lancaster University Management School. We work with academics and colleagues across the University – and our expert advisory board – to deliver our research and influencing programme. We are regularly featured in the national media, and work closely with policy-makers and employers to turn research into impact.

At the Work Foundation we are committed to being an inclusive organisation, and see that as central to our ambition to tackle inequalities in the labour market. We would welcome applications from all communities for this position, and if you would like to discuss this role before applying, please contact Melanie Wilkes, Head of Research at the Work Foundation, with any questions. 

About Lancaster University

Lancaster University has been recognised as a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Disability Confident employer, and holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award for advancing the careers of women in higher education.  

The university has several networks focussed on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, including a Race Equality Network, an LGBT+ staff network and a Parents and Carers’ network. 

Visa sponsorship

Please note we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position.  

Further details:

We promote equality of opportunity and diversity within the workplace and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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