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Scottish Government Economists

Scottish Government Economist Group

The Scottish Government Economist Group consists of over 70 economists working throughout the Government. Economists cover the full range of devolved responsibilities including Health, Education, Justice, Transport, Local Government, Communities and Rural Affairs and work in analytical teams generally comprising of three professional groups (economists, statisticians and social researchers).  There are also close links with agencies, other Government Departments and Public Bodies.

More information on working as an economist in Government, including the Scottish Government, can be found on the Government Economic Service Website.  Alternatively you can contact the Office of the Chief Economic Adviser who are responsible for the management and oversight of the Scottish Government Economist Group.


Office of the Chief Economic Advisor

The Office of the Chief Economic Adviser (OCEA) is the central analytical division for the economy in the Scottish Government and supports the work of the Chief Economist. The team is comprised of a mix of Economists and Statisticians with offices in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

The key aims of OCEA are to:

  • provide high-quality analytical support for Ministers and colleagues across the Government on all aspects of the Scottish economy and public finances; and
  • produce robust economic statistics for the Scottish economy and to take forward a programme of ongoing development to improve the quality and breadth of coverage of economic data for Scotland.