NEF is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in research and policy making and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. Further details follow the jobs listed below.

Assistant Researcher (economist track)
Full time
Starting from £24,100 per annum

NEF are looking for a highly skilled and talented individual to join the economic policy team as an Assistant Researcher. This will be a fantastic opportunity to contribute to economic research and policy making at a pivotal moment in UK political life. You will also be involved in NEF’s unique way of working which is aimed at supporting local people to make their own voices heard, rather than attempting to speak for them. Above all else, NEF is looking for someone who is committed to our objectives and who brings a huge energy and willingness to learn on the job.The role sits primarily in NEF’s economic policy team. You will work closely with NEF economists and research staff to conduct fast paced, problem orientated research and policy development, working to support small project teams across the organisation.

Above all else, the role requires a keen willingness and ability to learn in order to contribute positively to NEF’s work. You will also bring excellent research skills and an aptitude for quantitative research methods in particularly – including proficiency in excel.

You will have an introductory level knowledge of key economic policy debates in the UK, and the ability to manage a varied workload while working both independently and as part of a team. You will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to present complex ideas clearly and for a number of different types of audience.  

Deadline for applications: midday, 14th March 2019

Interviews: 21st March 2019

Start date: ASAP

For an application form (no CVs please) and more details see the ‘about us/job vacancies’ section of our website or write to Krisztina Hay, New Economics Foundation, 10 Salamanca Place, London, SE1 7HB or email

Consultant (NEF Consulting)

£33k- £38k per annum depending on experience

Permanent, full time, London (flexible working will be considered)

NEF Consulting is a rapidly growing social enterprise with a reputation for high quality socio-economic research, training, capacity building and consultancy.  We are looking an outstanding individual to help clients improve decision-making through using and developing metrics on social, environmental and economic impact. 

NEF Consulting is the consultancy arm of the leading UK think tank, New Economics Foundation. We help organisations in their transition to a new, sustainable and socially-inclusive economy, across the UK and internationally. We have ambitious growth targets and now wish to expand our impact through recruiting a highly skilled and committed individual to join our dynamic and passionate team.

You will play a critical role in shaping the evolution of the consultancy, taking it into new sectors, and developing and winning new business. Passionate about social change and sharing NEF Consulting’s aims and values, you will have an interest in the bigger picture and in helping others to see the links between social, economic and environmental issues. You will be a valued member of our consulting team delivering projects, winning work and providing impartial advice to clients.

You will have at least two years’ client-facing consultancy or research experience, preferably involving management of large projects and business development including contributing to proposal writing for competitive tenders. We expect excellent organisational and client management skills, and the creativity to design and deliver high quality socio-economic consultancy and research. 

For a full job descriptions please visit our website. Benefits include 25 days holiday, free gym membership, contributory pension or savings scheme, cycle-to-work scheme and Employee Assistance Programme.

If you have the necessary key skills and a strong commitment to our values, we would like to hear from you.

Deadline for applications:  9am on 18 March 2019 

Interviews:  28 March 2019 - there will be in-office exercise.

Please note that we only accept applications using our application form on the Job Opportunities page on our website  (NO CV’s PLEASE). 


The trustees, along with the Chair, are collectively responsible for the leadership and direction to the charity. Due to existing trustees coming to the end of their terms of office, we are seeking up to four new trustees to join our board over the next 12 months.

We are looking for people who share our vision. We positively encourage people from all backgrounds to apply and this includes candidates from different socio-economic backgrounds and those who are younger than the average age of charity trustees, those who have a disability and those from the BAME community.

We are interested in a wide range of candidates. We are specifically interested in candidates who:

  • Have knowledge in one of the following policy areas: the natural environment; economic training and research; and social policy.
  • Have a background in law or experience of governance in another organisation.
  • Have specific skills in digital, fundraising, movement building and profile raising.

The deadline for applications is Friday 15th March 2019.
Interviews: week commencing 8th April 2019.

To apply, please send a CV (including details of two referees) together with a supporting statement setting out how you believe your skills and experience match the requirements of the role and an equal opportunities form to Krisztina Hay, New Economics Foundation, 10 Salamanca Place, London, SE1 7HB or by email to


The Chair of Trustees provides leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees, supporting them in fulfilling their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the New Economics Foundation. The Chair acts as a critical friend of the Chief Executive and works in partnership with her to optimise the delivery of the charity’s strategy agreed by the Board.  This role is supported by the Deputy Chair who leads on ensuring a good working relationship between trustees and employees, supporting strategy delivery and the recruitment of new board members. Crucially, the Chair acts as an ambassador for the New Economics Foundation, representing the charity, advocating for our cause and speaking at appropriate events, meetings and functions.

For more information please follow this link to trustees unlimited who are working with us on our search. 

Disability confident employer
Happy to talk flexible working

We recognise that people have commitments and responsibilities outside of work, therefore The New Economics Foundation supports flexible working. We are also open to suggestions of Job Shares.

NEF is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in research and policy making and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class or have done so in the past. 

We are also aware that many highly capable prospective candidates nonetheless rule themselves out of work in research and policy because they underestimate their own ability to do the role. With this in mind, we strongly encourage applications from anyone who is prepared to learn and grow on the job and would like to stress that past experience of working in think tanks is not required.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.