We’re recruiting a Community Research and Data Officer

By Kasia Figiel - 31 July 2023

Do you have a passion for community-based research, a great eye for secondary data analysis and a good knowledge of the UK work-migration system? If so, we'd love to hear from you.

We are a charity dedicated to employment justice. Every week our multilingual teams of advisers  provide free, confidential advice to migrants and disadvantaged Britons. We help beneficiaries access their employment rights, secure their immigration status, and find better employment. Our frontline team addresses the most urgent aspects of socioeconomic disadvantage. But to tackle it in the long-term, we need to change systems. This is why we are looking for a dedicated colleague to join our team and drive our policy and research work with grit and grace.

Over the past seven years, we have assisted over 5,000 individuals. Simultaneously, our researchers have documented and exposed the structural drivers of migrant exploitation, in publications which were covered by the Times, the Guardian, and ITV.

The Community Research and Data Officer role

We are looking for an ambitious researcher and data analyst to contribute to our efforts on documenting and exposing the risks of exploitation encountered by migrant workers under the employer-sponsorship regime.

In the coming year, we will examine the impact of macro factors, such as the structure of labour enforcement agencies, middle factors, such as the state of the legal advice sector, as well as micro, individual level factors.

As an organisation founded by migrants, and for migrants, we want our publications to be representative of the people we serve, and the issues they face. This is why we are looking for a candidate who has not only research expertise, but also an in-depth understanding of the realities of seeking justice as a migrant worker.

You will be working closely with both our advisers, leading on data collection with migrant communities, leading on the analysis of secondary migration data sources, and contributing to our research publications.

This is an ideal opportunity for a researcher with experience of both community-based research and secondary data analysis. Experience or frontline advice or outreach, or lived experience of the UK immigration system and precarious work, would be an advantage.

The candidate

We are looking for a candidate who shares our mission and can connect the dots between our charitable work and the main news agenda. We want to hear from you if you can demonstrate:

  • 3+ years of experience working in a research capacity;
  • a track record of undertaking primary research, analysing data and writing up findings;
  • a track record of excellent data analysis skills;
  • a track record of publishing evidence-based policy recommendations;
  • familiarity with data visualisation software (such as Datawrapper, Tableau or PowerBI);
  • excellent written English; and
  • a real interest in employment justice for migrant workers. 

How to apply

Download the job description and follow the process. The deadline for applications is  the 13th August, 23:59. In summary, we want to see your CV, Cover Letter, and at least one piece of published research. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete a short task before the interview.

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