School Teachers’ Review Body - Economist Member

Body: School Teachers’ Review Body
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sector: Education
Location: National
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £300 per day
Time Requirements: Approximately 25 days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Week beginning 13th April 2020

  • Inform applicants of outcome

    By mid-May 2020

  • Final Interview Date

    Week beginning 1st June 2020

  • Announcement

    By end July 2020

Competition closing date extended until 11pm on Sunday 15th March.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The School TeachersReview Body (STRB) is an independent body which makes recommendations to the Government on the pay and conditions of school teachers in England.

The STRB assesses evidence from Government and organisations representing schools and the teaching profession, and visits schools and local authorities to develop its understanding of issues facing teachers. In recent years, the STRB has been asked to report on a variety of matters, including establishing a stronger link between teacherspay and performance, and providing greater flexibilities for governing bodies to produce individual pay policies for their schools.

The STRB is now seeking to fill an economist vacancy to:

• consider written evidence, views and proposals;

• take oral evidence;

assimilate information and data on pay, policy, economic, workforce and financial matters;

• weigh evidence and undertake independent analysis;

• formulate conclusions and make recommendations to the Government.


Person Specification

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria. In your application you should demonstrate clearly how you meet each of these.

Candidates should demonstrate a strong track record of professional experience requiring specialist expertise in economics at a senior level.

The ability to analyse and interpret a large amount of complex and sensitive information, clearly communicate economic analysis to a nonspecialist audience and demonstrate a working knowledge of the impact of any potential decisions on the teacher workforce.

An understanding of the policy context of the STRBs work, including stakeholder relations and public finances.

An understanding of pay, remuneration and reward issues and an appreciation of the policy, financial and operational constraints that impact on remuneration decisions.

An ability to communicate effectively in collective decision making, providing sound argument and assessing/debating conflicting opinions within a group to form a coherent set of recommendations.

The ability to credibly and effectively engage with key stakeholders, including ministers, senior Government officials and senior employer and trade union representatives.

It is desirable if candidates also have

• a detailed knowledge and understanding of labour market economics, and/or the economics of education.

STRB Economist - applicant pack
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