Ref: 1625239

Original Listing

Company: 1625239

Salary: Ł36,328 - Ł43,923

Closing Date: Closing date: 16 Apr 2019

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

SG/B3/GRH - Fiscal & Economic Analyst (IRC69633E)



We are currently seeking applications for Fiscal and Economic Analysts within the Scottish Fiscal Commission based in Edinburgh. These are permanent and pensionable appointments and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The Scottish Fiscal Commission is responsible for producing the official and independent fiscal and economic forecasts for Scotland. The Commission’s forecasts cover revenue over £20 billion from income tax, VAT and fully devolved taxes as well as the devolved social security spending in Scotland of around £3 billion. The Commission also forecasts growth in Scotland’s economy. The post holders will have a chance to participate in the development of forecasting and modelling capacity within the Commission.

We currently have three interesting and challenging B3 Fiscal and Economic Analyst posts available within the Commission.

• Devolved tax forecasting branch: leading on forecasting a range of Scottish devolved taxes these may include Land and Buildings Transactions Tax, Non-Domestic Rates, Air Passenger Duty or Scottish Landfill Tax. You will have line management responsibility for a B2 member of staff.
• Social security forecasting branch: leading on the development of forecasts for the new social security powers being devolved to Scotland and line management responsibility for a B2 member of staff.
• Borrowing and public spending: focused on developing the Commission’s role in modelling borrowing and government expenditure in Scotland. This post will co-ordinate the Commission’s assessment of Scottish Government borrowing plans and will also be a part of wider economic forecasting work.

All three posts are in the same location and in the same pay band. Allocations to individual posts will be made after the recruitment exercise considering individual interests and experience, and business needs.

Through on the job training you will rapidly develop skills in a range of modelling and forecasting techniques, as well as learning about Scottish and UK public finances, taxation and social security. You will also become proficient in software including R, SAS, Eviews and Excel. Opportunities for advancement as an analyst will be available within the Commission and the wider civil service.

For further information please see the Commission’s website, www.fiscalcommission.scot, and in particular the video explaining what the Commission does: http://www.fiscalcommission.scot/about-us/what-we-do/

Qualifications Required
You will be expected to have at least a first or upper second class degree in a highly numerate subject, for example a statistical, economic, actuarial or other numerate discipline.

If you have a PhD or Masters Degree which is in a highly numerate subject, your application will be considered even if your first degree is not in statistics or a strong numerate discipline. Should you have a 2:2 first degree, your application may be considered if you hold a postgraduate qualification that is in a highly numerate subject. In these circumstances we would expect you to have demonstrated your expertise through a Distinction pass at MSc level or from peer reviewed publications from your PhD.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Knowledge and experience of analysis, modelling and/or forecasting.
2. Ability to clearly communicate technical issues verbally and in writing for non-expert and expert audiences, and to be responsible for quality assurance of this.
3. You must be able to lead on planning, organising and prioritising pieces and programmes of analytical work, solving problems to deliver high-quality work to deadlines.
4. You must have excellent interpersonal skills and be capable of working in a team and be able to build effective relationships both within and outwith the organisation.

The assessment centres for these posts will be held on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd May 2019.

For further details and to apply online, visit our website at http://www.fiscalcommission.scot/about-us/vacancies/. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via our website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Claire Murdoch who can be reached at Claire.murdoch@fiscalcommission.scot or 0131 244 2848.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact recruitment on 0131 244 7719 or via recruitment@gov.scot.