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Calling for competition economists: Secondment opportunities at the CMA

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If you are a competition economist and want to find out more about the CMA and its work, we want to hear from you! We are now launching a new round of secondment opportunities for competition economists.

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The secondment programme

As a secondee, you will form an integral part of our multi-disciplinary teams just as CMA economists. You will gain hands-on experience in CMA casework which can be with mergers, markets, antitrust investigations and subsidy advice, depending on need and your preference.

Taking part in a secondment at the CMA is an unparalleled experience that will add value to private-sector economists’ portfolio of skills. We believe the CMA experience will offer you and your consulting firm a number of benefits, including:

  • a structured insight into the CMA’s workings.
  • opportunities to conduct interesting economic analysis within the CMA’s growing profile, for example in global mergers and digital work.
  • networking with CMA economists, lawyers and our stakeholders.

Our secondments last for 6 months with usually 2 intakes annually on a rolling basis. There is flexibility around arranging a start date which would be suitable for both the CMA and your employer.

The secondment was a rewarding experience on both a professional and personal level, providing insight into the workings of the CMA and the opportunity to work with great people - Former CMA secondee

Application details

If this sounds like you, and you have at least 3 years of competition consulting experience and a master’s degree in economics: we’d love to hear from you.

Applicants must be based and eligible to work in the UK. If you’re successful, the CMA will contribute a flat rate to the cost of secondees, with further details available on request. We encourage you to discuss with your employer before applying.

Firms that would like to put candidates forward should email a full CV and a cover letter for each candidate describing their relevant experience and when they could start, by Monday 9 May 2022 to the contact details set out below.

We will only contact successful short-listed candidates for a brief interview for the programme.


Eugenia Brandimarte

Economics Adviser,

Momna Khan

Personal Assistant to the Office of the Chief Economic Adviser,

If you have any queries about the secondment programme, please get in touch with either of the contacts listed above.

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