CLES is Recruiting!

Researcher/Senior Researcher

Central Manchester

£18,000k – £36,000k pa (dependent on experience) Permanent post (37.5hrs).

Note: We are recruiting for only one position and will appoint depending on the experience of the successful applicant.

Progressive economics for people and place

Established in 1986, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) is the UK’s leading, independent think and do tank realising progressive economics for people and place. Our aim is to achieve social justice, good local economies and effective public services for everyone, everywhere. It is an exciting time to join the CLES team as our work continues to diversify and our influence grows.

About the role

Researcher – £18k – £25k You will have a degree in a relevant social science discipline; knowledge of and interest in contemporary policy around local economic development; and ideally some experience of working/interning in an environment which undertakes research or policy formulation. You will play a key role in producing publications and in delivering activities as part of our research, consultancy and advisory commissions. This will likely include primary and secondary research, data analysis and interpretation, organising events, and contributing towards drafting bids.

Senior Researcher – £25k – £36k To be considered at the higher Senior Researcher grade, you will have all the attributes required of the Researcher and additionally over 3-years’ experience of working in a research or policy formulation environment. You will have in depth knowledge of contemporary policy around local economic development and other themes. In addition to the Researcher duties you will also take a key role in bidding for new work and in project management. You will be an excellent writer and an astute communicator.

This is not a standard researcher role. It is an opportunity to work in a progressive environment and in an organisation committed to social and economic change. A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the CLES mission and we actively encourage applications from all sections of society regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation. Our aim is that we are truly inclusive, and we are committed to a culture where diversity is celebrated.

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How to apply

To apply please complete the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form and email to to

For an informal and confidential discussion about the post, please contact Neil McInroy, Chief Executive of CLES on 0161 832 7871.

For further information, please visit our website at

If you require any documents in an alternative format, please contact

Closing date is Tuesday 28th May 2019. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 4th June 2019.

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