Student Placement (Networks and Energy Futures)



Period of appointment

12 months

Job description

We are currently recruiting for one placement student to assist regulatory analysts in our Networks and Energy Futures directorate, in their regulation of the major utility network companies in Northern Ireland within the electricity, gas and water industries.

The role will involve assisting the team in ensuring network companies deliver for consumers in line with government energy policy including net zero. 

We are seeking applications from dynamic and highly motivated persons of exceptional ability and intellect that are able to work well in a team and under their own supervision.

You should be able to work well under pressures of time and workload, have excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, and excellent quantitative analysis skills.

Essential criteria (for all candidates)

Please note you will be required to demonstrate fully the following essential criteria on the application form to be shortlisted for the next stage of the process: 



  1. A student currently studying for a degree* which includes economics for at least 40% of course content; and have already studied modules in either microeconomics, quantitative analysis, macroeconomics, monetary economics or similar; 




  1. A student currently studying for a degree* in an IT, finance, business or mathematical related degree; 




  1. A student currently studying for a BA/BSc Honours Degree* in economics, or in a subject where the study of economics is a major component. ('Major component' is defined as: at least 50% of the course covers micro, macro and quantitative economics. Candidates must list all modules and briefly describe their relevant economic modules to allow the panel to determine that their qualification contains 50% of micro, macro and quantitative economics).


The onus is on candidates to provide the panel with details of modules studied etc. so that a well-informed decision can be made.


*Note, the Utility Regulator holds the right to determine the relevance of a degree.


AND have successfully completed at least the second year examinations of their degree by end of the 2023/2024 academic year**; 


**Note, the Utility Regulator is unable to accept applications from students who will complete their degree in 2024/2025.


AND have the opportunity to undertake a 51 week placement for the 2024/2025 academic year.

Closing date