Who can apply?

Suitable candidates are likely to be undergraduates in their last year at university studying economics, economic history, PPE (philosophy, politics and economics), a closely related subject such as banking and finance, or a joint honours degree in which economics forms a substantial component. We also welcome candidates who already have a Masters degree in economics and/or limited work experience. However, if you have two or more years of work experience we would recommend you apply directly for a position as an economist. Applicants must have the right to work legally in the UK.

How do I apply?

Graduate recruitment is now open for the 2020 graduate training scheme. The deadline for applications is Friday 31st May 2019. Please send a CV with a short covering letter explaining why you want to be a professional economist, why you want to work for Capital Economics and why you are suited to the role. Also, please indicate how you heard about the Capital Economics graduate training scheme. Applications should be sent to:


Please write ‘Graduate Economist Application’ as the subject.

When will interviews take place?

Interviews will take place in London in June or July 2019. Candidates who are based a long way from London can ask to be interviewed by Skype.

What is the selection process?

The selection process consists of one interview and one written exercise in our London office. We will discuss your academic background, any related work experience and your knowledge of economics. We expect to make job offers in July / August 2019. We anticipate a September starting date.

Is there any training?

Most of the training takes place on the job as graduates will work closely with our established economists. More formal training will be provided in our regular internal economics classes.

Can I undertake further study?

Subject to satisfactory progress in your first year, you will have the opportunity to undertake part-time study for a Masters degree in economics or a related subject, funded by Capital Economics, whilst also working for the company during the day. This will probably begin after twelve months with the company.

Where will I be based?

During your first two or three years you will be based at our head office in London. Subsequently, you may remain in London but you could alternatively apply for positions in our overseas offices, in New York, Toronto, Singapore and Sydney.

What is the salary?

We offer a competitive starting salary and there is potential for a discretionary, performance-related annual bonus at the end of each calendar year.

Are there opportunities for progression and promotion?

Capital Economics is a rapidly growing global company and is steadily expanding its services. There will be plenty of opportunities for progression and promotion for those graduates who develop into skilled, capable and enthusiastic economists.