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The Competition Commission is seeking to recruit dynamic, hard-working, and committed individuals for the position of an Economist within the Economic Research Bureau Division. This is an opportunity to engage in economic research pertinent to the Commission’s mandate, which involves addressing anti-competitive conduct and evaluating mergers.

Salary: A starting annual total Cost to Company package of R 977,036.51 (negotiable commensurate with experience)

Contract: This position is available on a five-year fixed term contract, renewable.

Skills and Experience


  • Education: Must have a Master's degree in Economics.
  • Experience: 4-6 years of work experience in a rigorous economic analysis environment. Training and experience in Microeconomics, Econometrics, Industrial Organization, and/or International Trade is advantageous.
  • Skills:
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
    • Leadership and team supervision skills.
    • Strong research and analytical skills.
    • Diplomacy, negotiation, and stakeholder management skills.


  • A thorough understanding of the Competition Act, the Competition Commission, and the South African economy is highly recommended.

Key Accountabilities

  • Assist with the rigorous economic analysis of competition cases.
  • Contribute to the provision of the theoretical and intellectual platform for effective implementation of the Competition Act.
  • Advise other divisions with regard to economic underpinnings of competition issues.

Personality and Attributes

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Fit with the Commission's Values: Communication, Ownership, Making a difference, Professionalism, Employee Welfare, Teamwork, Efficiency.
  • Strategic thinking capabilities.
  • The ability to work under pressure and maintain attention to detail.
  • Planning and organizing skills.

We Offer

  • An opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to building an efficient, functioning, deconcentrated, and inclusive economy for all South Africans.
  • A competitive salary and conducive, supportive, stimulating working environment.
  • Exposure to excellent training opportunities.

Employment Equity and Diversity

  • Appointment will consider the country’s and organisational Employment Equity imperatives.
  • Persons with Disability are encouraged to apply.
  • The Competition Commission is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Application Process

  • All international qualifications must be accompanied by a SAQA accreditation certificate.
  • Shortlisted candidates may undergo psychometric assessments.
  • The successful candidate will be vetted for security purposes.
  • The Competition Commission reserves the right not to fill this position subject to budget availability.