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Principal Research Consultant

Institute for Employment Studies
Brighton, East Sussex
£54,700 - £62,800 depending on skills and experience plus excellent benefits
Closing date
31 May 2023

Job Details

The world of work has never experienced such rapid change as in the past 18 months. Topics like hybrid working, wellbeing, inclusion, leadership capability and skills shortages are top of the board agenda.  Using evidence, research and data to inform and shape strategic decisions in people management has never been more important to achieving meaningful change in the world of work. We are a research partner to organisations, professional and sectoral bodies supporting them to generate, understand and apply insights and evidence to inform decisions and develop practice.


This is an exciting opportunity to join our HR Research and Workforce Consulting team and make a real impact on the future of work.


Making a difference through evidence-based practice As a not-for-profit, the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has been delivering independent, evidence-based research and consulting that makes a difference for fifty years.


The Principal Research Consultant will play a key role in leading research and consulting projects, contributing to Institute management, supporting the professional development of our colleagues, and providing thought leadership on HR practice through articles, webinars and blogs.  You will enjoy promoting the work of the Institute and helping us with proposal writing and business development.


You will also work closely with our HR Member Network, providing advice and support as well as helping to grow and develop this network.  As a senior member of the HR Research and Workforce Consulting team, you will provide oversight of some of our major projects across our key markets such as Health and Defence and support the more junior team members and associates we work with.


About you Candidates for this role could come from a variety of backgrounds including:


  • A research role focussed on work and workforce, including in one or more of our core markets or areas of expertise;
  • An in-house HR role with a focus on using evidence and data to inform workplace practice e.g. people analytics, workforce planning and analysis, employee insight
  • A consultancy role with a focus on evidence-based practice, workforce planning and analysis, or one of our core markets/areas of expertise


The essential requirements are:


  • Ability to advise, consult with and deliver support to organisations and others on using evidence to shape decisions and practice
  • Expertise in HR research or practice including a relevant qualification (e.g. CIPD, Occupational Psychology and/or relevant degree)
  • Interest in/skills in business development Collegiate approach and ability to both lead and work well in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to build productive relationships with clients, partners and stakeholders
  • Alignment with IES values, mission and purpose  


Your benefits IES is based in Brighton. However most of our colleagues work in a hybrid way and we are happy to consider applications from elsewhere in the UK provided you can attend regular team events.


We offer excellent benefits including 27 days holiday per year plus four closure days over Christmas plus bank holidays and a contributory career-average defined-benefit pension scheme (USS).


We support flexible working, and so would be happy to consider applications from candidates seeking to work flexibly or part-time. 


For more information and how to apply, please visit and complete an equal opportunities monitoring form, CV and covering letter by Wednesday 17th May 2023, midday and send, to:


At IES, our research and practice are guided by our values and our staff act in accordance with these. Our values centre on: respecting others, acting with integrity, collaboration, curiosity, excellence and compassion.


The Institute for Employment Studies is actively seeking to improve the diversity of our workforce and welcomes applications from all under-represented communities and groups. We are particularly keen to attract ethnic minority candidates given their under-representation within applied social research. We are a Disability Confident Employer and are happy to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate the individual requirements of candidates with disabilities.


The Institute for Employment Studies encourages career development at all ages. Join us and work for an employer that values your experience. #AgeFriendlyEmployer


We are committed to supporting our staff at every stage of their career. That’s why we have signed up to the Menopause Workplace Pledge. Find out more about this campaign from the charity Wellbeing of Women.




The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) is an independent, apolitical, centre of research and consultancy in employment policy and human resource issues. We work closely with employers in the manufacturing, service and public sectors, government departments, agencies, and professional and employee bodies. Based in Brighton, the Institute is a not-for-profit organisation (company limited by guarantee) and a registered charity with around 50 multidisciplinary staff. Our turnover is in the region of £3 million a year.

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