Research Officer

The post holder will be responsible for developing, producing and reporting on key pieces of research linked to the organisational vision of the charity.  This research is used to inform Employers For Childcare’s campaigning work to influence policy and to inform key stakeholders such as parents and employers.

Specific Duties


  • Work on a wide range of research projects and employ a range of different research. methodologies aligned to the vision of Employers For Childcare.
  • Draft and agree the terms of reference for research.
  • Prepare research instruments, such as questionnaires, and reports.
  • Conduct and analyse in-depth interviews with members of the public and large-scale data sets.
  • Ensure that research is conducted to a high standard and within a set time frame to meet policy requirements.
  • Provide information on what research is already available in a policy area.
  • Identify suggestions for future research.
  • Work in partnership with external researchers, government analysts, and policy colleagues.
  • Produce both written and oral briefs, based on reviews of research evidence.
  • Respond to external and internal research enquiries from colleagues, government departments, academics and members of the public.
  • Keep up to date with developments in qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Deliver presentations on research findings at events and conferences.
  • Keep up to date with developments in relevant policy and social issues.
  • Provide information and analysis on policy issue and development.


  • Contribute to producing articles for the website and elsewhere for working parents and employers to include relevant, factual and interesting editorial/features to be distributed in printed and electronic format.
  • Advise internally on the accuracy of childcare related information produced and proofread materials as required.

Essential Criteria

  • Third level qualification in a relevant discipline and a minimum of two years work experience in a research role, to include recent relevant and proven experience of planning and undertaking social research.
  • Good problem solving ability and ability to work both collaboratively and on own initiative whilst demonstrating the determination to see jobs through to satisfactory resolution.
  • Delivering research projects to agreed deadlines and communicating research findings for non-technical audiences.
  • Computer literate to include extensive use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, desktop publishing and databases.

Please refer to the Job Description and Personnel Specification for full job details. If you need any further information, please contact the HR department.

Benefits / Salary

We offer an excellent remuneration package and working conditions for this permanent position including:

  • Occupational pension scheme
  • Company sick pay after probation passed
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Health cash plan
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays pa (pro-rata).

To Apply 

To apply for this position please complete the application form and return by the closing date.

Closing date is 12 noon on Monday 9 April 2018.

Interviews are scheduled to take place w/c 16 April 2018

We are an Equal Opportunities employer and we welcome applicants regardless of religious belief, political opinion, race or ethnic origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or age.