Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) Committee Members

Body: Regulatory Policy Committee
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Energy, Regulation
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: Up to 5
Remuneration: Members are remunerated at a rate of £350 per day for up to 40 days per year. This will cover work to review and comment on impact assessments, contribute to other committee outputs, such as the annual report, and attend the monthly committee meeting.
Time Requirements: From 2017, the committee expects to review 50-200 appraisals of significant new regulatory proposals each year, with a peak in 2018-19 as a result of EU Exit legislation. Each will be a detailed cost-benefit analysis. There are peaks of work, for example in the lead up to the government’s business impact target reports, or towards the end of a Parliamentary session; as far as possible, these are managed so that the committee receives impact assessments as a fairly continuous flow throughout the year. As a member of the committee, you will be responsible for leading on a proportion of these and will also have the opportunity to comment on all committee opinions before they are issued. You will also comment on Post Implementation Reviews for large measures (of which 30-50 are expected over the course of a year) and will contribute to other committee outputs, such as the RPC’s two annual reports.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Organisation:



The Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) is an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It provides independent, expert advice on the quality of analysis and evidence used by departments and regulators in their assessments of economic impact on business from regulatory interventions, including through their advice to Ministers on cross-cutting issues.


The Committee ensures transparency and accuracy of measurement of the impacts of regulation. It is an essential part of the better regulation system, providing stakeholders, in particular business, with confidence that the costs and benefits from regulatory change have been properly considered.


The Committee is currently formed of the Chair and seven other members. It is supported by a Secretariat based in London.


The Committee’s work


The Committee’s main role involves reviewing estimates of the impacts of regulatory changes. These assessments range from light-touch reviews to detailed cost-benefit analyses, and include both ex-ante and ex-post estimates.


Further information about the work of the RPC can be found at:

Person Specification

Do you have the ability to bring an external and independent perspective, providing constructive challenge and scrutiny, to the quality of analysis and evidence underpinning regulatory proposals?


To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Essential skills and experience – Both Roles (Economist & Generalist)


    • Excellent communication skills – with the personal impact and credibility to be an effective advocate for the RPC by building productive relationships with stakeholders and interacting confidently with specialists.
  • The ability to think and work strategically – able to use insight gained from the scrutiny process to help raise capability in the use of evidence and analysis in policy making.


  • Analytical skills – strong understanding of the importance of economic and other financial analysis in policy making and evaluation, with an ability to assimilate and analyse complex information quickly and link evidence with specific outputs to challenge decision-making and identify ways to improve its quality and use.
  • Sound judgement – able to consider complex and often conflicting arguments from an informed and balanced viewpoint and to constructively challenge and support colleagues to achieve a shared consensus.
  • The ability to work at pace – proven ability to work effectively at pace and be able to turn work round against short deadlines.As well as this, successful candidates should have the following expertise;

Generalist Role


  • Technical expertise – individuals are sought who have broad experience of the impact of regulation on business and voluntary organisations and who can demonstrate an appreciation of the Government’s regulatory framework gained from at least one of the following areas:
    • a private sector organisation;
    • a public sector organisation, with personal involvement in regulatory services;
    • an academic institution or think tank with a focus on regulation; and/or
    • a voluntary organisation.

Economist Role


  • Economics expertise – the applicant must be a qualified, professional economist with substantial proven competence in applied economics. In addition, they must understand the Government’s economic principles on policy appraisal and evaluation and be able to use economics to challenge the evidence base underpinning legislative proposals and policy evaluations constructively.



To work with a committee of independent members to provide robust and objective advice to government regarding the quality of evidence and analysis submitted to underpin regulatory and deregulatory proposals.


Key duties

Regulatory Policy Committee – Framework document

The Committee’s Terms of Reference can be found at:


Your role as a member of the RPC is to:

  • Enhance the capability of the RPC in scrutinising the evidence underpinning regulation and ensure that the Committee has credibility with Ministers, Departments and external stakeholders;
  • Work as part of a Committee, and closely with the Secretariat, to provide expert, independent advice to Ministers on the quality of analysis and evidence underpinning policy proposals and decisions on new regulatory proposals, taking account of any relevant guidance provided by the responsible Minister or sponsor department; and
  • Similarly, provide expert, independent advice to Ministers on the quality of analysis and evidence underpinning Post Implementation Reviews (which evaluate existing regulation and recommend changes to it),

Explain the reasoning behind the Committee’s advice clearly, so that Departments can improve their future analysis and to ensure Parliament and other interested parties are as well-informed as possible.

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