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Senior Economist (Economist 3)



Competition # : 31941 

Department: Labour and Advanced Education

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/2/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE) works to provide fairness, safety and prosperity for all Nova Scotians by helping them live, learn and work to their highest potential.  We have a team of more than 500 people working from offices throughout Nova Scotia, who together are responsible for workplace and public safety, pensions, apprenticeship, adult education, and many other facets of everyday life.

About Our Opportunity


As the Senior Economist you will provide critical specialized analysis and advice to support the provision of quality labour market information products and services to external stakeholders (to inform education, career, business and community development decisions) and to internal stakeholders (to inform policy and program decisions which address labour market and skill development challenges and opportunities for Nova Scotia). 


The Labour Market Research and Analysis Unit is part of the Research, Accountability and Intergovernmental Affairs Division which works to enable evidence-based decision making and service excellence across the department. The division offers expertise in labour market research, data collection, policy analysis, performance measurement, evaluation and intergovernmental relations.


As the Senior Economist, you will report to the Manager, Labour Market Research and Analysis.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right experience for you if you have a bachelor’s degree in Economics, or a related discipline, plus five years’ experience conducting research, statistical analysis, or related experience. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.


Your demonstrated abilities, acquired through academics and/or work, includes excellent research and analytical skills, understanding of economics and in particular, labour economics, expertise in policy and program development,  ability to incorporate information from a variety of sources, identify trends and effectively synthesize information,  knowledge of data collection and survey methodologies, experience managing projects and overseeing the work of external consultants.


You have a proven capability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a wide range of contacts, including an ability to communicate and/or negotiate effectively and adapt style and content to diverse target audiences. You are well organized, have a strategic orientation, take initiative, demonstrate superior written and presentation skills, and a commitment to excellence.


You must have knowledge and experience with the use of computer software for data analysis and presentation such as statistical and econometric software, STATA or SAS, database software, graphical presentation software, spreadsheet, Word.


 We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as  Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria. 

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  PR 15  

Salary Range:  $2,588.45 - $3,155.27 Bi-Weekly


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to