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Location: Various UK locations, including main offices in London and Edinburgh

Start date: June 2019

Programme: 6 month returnship

Ofcom is partnering with Women Returners to offer their second Returners Programme, following on from the success of their pilot programme in 2018.  The programme will support talented individuals back into work after an extended career break of two or more years.  

About the Ofcom Returners programme

The programme offers successful applicants a six months fixed term contract, with the possibility of transitioning into a permanent role. Roles can be based in one of their various UK locations, including main offices in London and Edinburgh. A range of flexible working options are available, and as standard, colleagues have ability and technology to work outside of the office regularly.

Ofcom has a range of mid senior level roles available for experienced professionals. Details are available in the job descriptions attached. You are able to apply to all roles that you find suitable.

As part of the Returners programme you will be supported back into the workplace; you will receive:

About Ofcom

Ofcom is the communications regulator in the UK. It regulates the TV, radio and video-on-demand sectors, fixed-line telecoms (phones), mobiles and postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate. Ofcom makes sure that people in the UK get the best from their communications services and are protected from scams and sharp practices, while ensuring that competition can thrive. Its duty to further the interests of citizens and of consumers, where appropriate by promoting competition, is at the heart of everything Ofcom do. Right now, people are changing their attitudes and preferences, and transformative technology is changing our experience and expectations of communications. This is an exciting time to be at the heart of this fast-moving sector.

Ofcom’s aim is to empower colleagues to undertake interesting and important work and they are committed to investing and supporting people to achieve their full potential. Ofcom’s culture is centred around four key values: Excellence, Collaboration, Agility and Empowerment. Ofcom promotes a work-life balance and encourages colleagues to work in a flexible way that balances both organisational and individual needs. Having recently moved to a new agile environment, Ofcom employees work in a way that suits them and which delivers excellent results.

Who Ofcom is looking for

Ofcom is keen to hear from candidates who have had a career break of at least two years, with experience in any or a number of the following areas


Successful candidates will undertake the following roles.  Please click on the links to learn more.

The descriptions are provided as a guide to the nature of each role so that you can assess your interest.  Returners who are interested and feel they meet some of the criteria, but not all, are still encouraged to apply.

Ofcom – the work they do

The following gives more details about the workstreams at Ofcom and the key skills they are looking for.

Policy team

Relevant Roles: Competition Policy Manager, Content Policy Manager/Advisor, Policy Implementation Advisor

Skills: Policy, spectrum, economics, consulting, strategy, industry experience, law

Policy professionals work in many different teams across Ofcom, as policy-making is a vital part of what Ofcom does. It involves understanding a problem that people are experiencing and designing routes to solve it. They use a wide range of regulatory levers and influence government and industry stakeholders. Ofcom know that great policy-making involves working together to pool expertise and ideas to get the best result.

Competition team

Relevant Roles: Competition Policy Manager

Skills: Economics, economic regulation, consulting, accountancy, industry experience, law

Healthy market competition is a core objective for Ofcom in the fast-moving communications industries. Ofcom shapes the rules of competition to make communications work for everyone. Their competition teams are involved in projects across the telecoms, post and broadcasting sectors.

Economics team

Relevant Roles: Economic Advisor

Skills: Primarily economics and economic regulation, but all other experience/skills an advantage

Economists at Ofcom help ensure their policies have a sound economic foundation and deliver real, long term impact in what is an increasingly important and dynamic sector for consumers and companies. Their economists work collaboratively with lawyers, technical experts, accountants and policy specialists.

Enforcement team

Relevant Roles: Case Leader

Skills: Enforcement, industry experience, policy, law

Ofcom intervenes with regulation where they think this can make a significant difference to how communications services work for consumers. Enforcement is a critical part of ensuring that this regulation is effective.

To Apply

To apply to the Ofcom Returners Programme, please upload your CV and cover letter using the relevant link(s) below:  

Please ensure you show your career break in your CV. Ofcom would like your covering letter to highlight your experience and motivations for joining the Ofcom Returners programme.

Closing date for applications: 14 April 2019

Ofcom aims to hold interviews in the second week of May. Depending on the position you apply for, there may be some pre-interview preparation to complete. This will be detailed in the individual job specification.

If you have any questions, please email putting ‘Ofcom Returners’ in the subject box.