Research Officer

Job Type: 
£26,623 + £3,000 London weighting
25 days + Christmas Break
London Office
Remote Available


The Living Wage Foundation has an exciting opportunity to join our dynamic team as a Research Officer. This is a new role designed to grow our analytical and thought-leadership work, working closely with the Research Manager and collaborating across the Foundation’s teams. We are looking for a highly motivated and organised individual with quantitative research expertise, and a desire initiate new streams of work that grow the Foundation’s intelligence and proactively influence change.

Main Responsibilities

This role reports into the Research Manager. Working as a Research Officer in London for Citizens UK your main responsibilities will include:

Conducting and commissioning research:

  • Design and deliver high-quality research projects within the Living Wage Foundation’s research programme, focusing on the labour market, low pay and in-work poverty.

  • Conduct quantitative analysis of secondary datasets, including the Labour Force Survey, the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, the Family Resources Survey and Understanding Society.

  • Design and analyse primary polling of individuals and businesses.

  • Conduct qualitative research, including interviews and focus groups with low-paid workers and employers.

  • Manage relationships with external research partners

  • Disseminate research findings through written reports, articles, blogs and presentations.

  • Support wider research and intelligence needs and projects across Citizens UK.

Project and programme management: 

  • Contribute to the research strategy of the Living Wage Foundation, including through the proposal and design of future projects..

  • Work across the Foundation’s communications, programme and business development teams to understand and support research and intelligence needs around Living Wage accreditation and the diversification of the Foundation’s work.

Data Management and thought leadership:

  • Manage timeseries datasets, including updating, merging and analysing when new data is released.

  • Plan and react to regular data releases from the ONS relevant to low pay, labour markets and in-work poverty.

  • Become in-house expert on issues relevant to LWF’s diversification work. 


  • Support the Foundation’s communications team to embed data and research findings across traditional media, social media and website communications.

  • Work with the Foundation’s communications team on research led stories, both planned and ad-hoc.

Relationship management:

  • Provide research support to colleagues where required, including by responding to data-requests and providing input on project-specific research activity where required.

  • Represent the Foundation at meetings and events, including speaking on panels and in roundtables on research- and policy-related issues.



Deadline to apply: 
Monday, May 23, 2022 (All day)