Updated Jul 2014


IPPR's reputation as the leading progressive thinktank in the UK is built on the expertise and experience of its people. Our current chair is former cabinet minister, Andrew Adonis. Our director is former head of the Number 10 Policy Unit, Nick Pearce.

The IPPR staff includes people with a wide range of experience, working inside government and for national media and major non-governmental organisations, as well as leading academics and policy experts.

As well as employing the best staff at all levels, IPPR helps young people to get a start in the policy world through its internship and work experience programmes.


IPPR is an equal opportunities employer. It is our policy to recruit the best candidate to fill each vacancy using an efficient, cost-effective and equitable process, ensuring all appointments are based on merit. We operate a transparent and consistent approach to selection and recruitment.

All job vacancies are advertised on this page.

HR Manager (maternity cover)

Circa £37,000 per annum pro rata plus benefits
Fixed-term contract, 22.5–30 hours per week

IPPR is looking for an experienced HR Manager to provide maternity cover and play a key role in its Operations team, delivering a professional and effective HR service to IPPR staff (approximately 50 employees).

This is a true generalist role and the HR Manager will take responsibility for managing the organisation’s HR function at both an operational and strategic level. In addition to managing IPPR’s day-to-day HR needs, taking responsibility for areas such as recruitment and selection, performance management, payroll and employee relations, you will also lead on some new and existing projects, including: setting up pension auto-enrolment, implementing IPPR’s new annual pay and reward procedures, and taking forward the implementation of a new HR database.

To be successful in this role you will be CIPD qualified and have proven experience of working in a generalist role at a senior level. You will have a good knowledge of current UK employment legislation and HR best practice, with experience of managing and implementing HR policies and procedures. You will have experience managing a busy and varied workload and will be willing to play a hands-on role where necessary, applying your excellent HR administration and organisational skills. In addition, you will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, and you will be able to apply your exceptional interpersonal skills to deal with sensitive issues and manage internal and external relationships. You will be a flexible team-player who is willing to provide support to the wider operations team.

This is a part-time post based in our London office, ideally working three to four days a week (22.5–30 hours). However as part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

To find out more and to make an application please download an information pack and application form. Alternatively you can email recruitment@ippr.org quoting the job title or REF: HRM/JUL.

Completed applications should be returned to applications@ippr.org. Please do not send CVs.

In order to complete your application please also complete IPPR’s equal opportunities monitoring form.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5pm, Monday 21 July 2014. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 28 July 2014.


IPPR offers internship opportunities throughout the year. They are always advertised on this page.

Interns are valued by IPPR and are given a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities. Interns may be employed to work on research projects or work in the external affairs team. Internships are offered in London and Newcastle.

We seek to ensure our internships are open to a wide range of candidates and as part of our commitment to encourage diversity and opportunity all interns are paid the London Living Wage or its equivalent.

There are currently no internship vacancies at IPPR.

Please note that we do not accept speculative applications.


Amelia Zollner IPPR/University College London Internship Award

The Amelia Zollner IPPR/UCL Internship Award was founded in 2007 in memory of 24-year-old UCL student Amelia Zollner, who tragically died in a cycling accident while working as an intern at IPPR.

The annual three-month London-based Amelia Zollner internship is reserved for current UCL students or recent UCL graduates as a stepping stone to working in policy or politics.

Work experience

Generally, IPPR is not able to offer work experience opportunities. The exceptions are the work experience schemes we have in place with specific educational institutions.

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