IFS announcements

Announcements about IFS research and researchers.

ELSA - Wave 7 data

The ELSA Wave 7 fieldwork was completed in May 2015 and the data will be accessible from the data archive in January 2016. A number of new items were included in the survey at Wave 7: an objective measure of hearing ability, additional questions to determine cognitive ability and questions on expectations of paying for care and knowledge of care funding.

IFS is looking for a Head of Finance

Job Description

As Head of Finance reporting into the IFS Director, you will take full responsibility for the finance function and bring both assurance and innovation to the financial management, reporting and control of IFS.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Full reporting on all financial matters to the Director and Trustees in a timely manner
  • Embed and make the most of a new financial management system
  • Development of robust financial reporting and control, including monitoring of cash flow
  • Preparation and evaluation of the annual budget and forecasts from individual budget holders against plans
  • Preparation of the Annual Report and Accounts and liaison with external auditors
  • Line management responsibility for a small team of three, including HR
  • Continuous improvement of all systems, policies and procedures ensuring best practice.

The Successful Applicant
You must be a fully qualified accountant and have strong technical skills that can be evidenced through extensive accounts preparation or audit experience. The IFS needs somebody who will be able to autonomously manage the finances of the institute and take responsibility for overseeing change and improvement in our accounting and management information systems. Excellent interpersonal skills, absolute integrity and a proven capability to deliver at pace and with creativity are essential.

An understanding of charity law, compliance and accounting standards would be beneficial, but not essential. Your willingness to take responsibility, deliver independently and collaborate with colleagues will be key to your success within the role.

For the right candidate there is significant scope for this role to develop with opportunities to extend the remit and take additional leadership responsibility over time. There is considerable flexibility to increase remuneration dependent on success and development.


£60,000 - £65,000 + Benefits

How to apply

Click here for further information and to apply.

IFS to launch renewed ESRC research centre

The IFS has received funding from the ESRC for the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP). The ESRC has confirmed funding for a further five years for our prestigious research centre, from 2015 to 2020. Funding for five PhD scholarships to be associated with CPP has been awarded to UCL’s Doctoral Training Centre. The overarching objectives of the new
Centre are to:

  • make major scientific progress in understanding how individuals and firms behave and how they react to government policy;
  • have substantial impact on policy in the fields of taxation, labour market, education, welfare, pensions, and public finances;
  • build technical and policy capacity in a new generation of highly-skilled researchers.

The Centre will be launched at an event on 15 October. External speakers will include Jane Elliott (ESRC), Alan Auerbach (Berkeley), Andrew Dilnot (UK Statistical Society and Nuffield College) and Dave Ramsden (HMT).