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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Researcher - Work and the Welfare State team

IPPR is looking for a talented researcher to join our Work and Welfare State Team. This role will have a focus on our exciting Future Welfare State programme.

IPPR is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community and from applicants with a range of professional and lived experiences. As an organisation engaging in critical debate about a wide range of progressive policy issues, we value the creativity and range of perspectives that a diverse team can provide.

IPPR is looking for a talented researcher to join our Work and Welfare State Team. This role will have a focus on our exciting Future Welfare State programme, which is exploring the changing nature of the UK’s welfare state and designing solutions to ensure it is fit for purpose to meet challenges we face as the UK emerges from Covid-19 and in the decades ahead. Recent work has included examining the political and economic causes of income inequality and poverty and future work will examine public attitudes to public spending and taxation, as well as social security reform to increase the UK’s social and economic resilience.

The role will also involve working on IPPRs Better Health and Care Programme, which is supported by a distinguished advisory board of eminent health and social care leaders.

The Researcher’s responsibilities will include: conducting research, contributing to development of policy ideas and solutions, producing excellent written outputs (including reports, summaries, blogs and policy briefings) and assisting with events and research administration.

To be successful you will be able to demonstrate interest in social policy and/or economic policy, in particular poverty, inequality and welfare or a related field; have proven skills and experience in delivering research and developing research methodologies; and a keen interest in politics, government and the public policy making process; with the ability to work across a range of policy agendas.

If you possess excellent written communication and interpersonal skills, have the ability to work independently with conflicting demands and can demonstrate sound organisational and administrative skills, this is the ideal job for you.

As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post, including part-time working and secondment opportunities. All options can be discussed at interview stage.

Before applying please click on the document to your left to read the information pack that includes the job description and person specification, or email [email protected] quoting the job title or REF: RWWS/JUL

Please provide a CV with a 2-page personal statement. The statement should  address, under separate headings, each of the attributes in the person specification.  

The CV and statement should be combined into one PDF document and returned to [email protected]  In order to complete your application please also complete IPPR’s equal opportunities monitoring form

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9 am Tuesday 10 August 2021. Interviews will be held w/c 30 August 2021