Work with us

For nearly 20 years, Shift Insight has specialised in delivering essential market research to some of the world’s leading education organisations, including publishers, awarding organisations, schools, colleges and universities. We also work with professional societies to help them strengthen ties with their membership communities, and support companies with their sustainability efforts, as well conducting our own independent research.

Our researchers support a diverse set of clients, such as: Wellcome, Springer Nature, Imperial College London, LEGO Education, University of Southampton, OCR, UWE Bristol, LSE, Cass Business School, Taylor & Francis, London Recycles, Royal Society of Biology, European Society of Cardiology, The Guardian, and many others.

Current vacancy (closes 15 December): Quantitative Research Assistant

We’re on the lookout for a Quantitative Research Assistant or Junior Research Executive to join our friendly and dynamic team. Due to current circumstances, this would initially require remote working (laptop and other necessary equipment will be provided), but would eventually be done from our well-connected office in Central London’s vibrant Islington.


The role provides a great opportunity to get involved in every aspect of varied research projects, which will provide you with a breadth of experience and allow you to develop unique specialisms. This includes:

  • Building quantitative eSurveys using SNAP survey software
  • Monitoring survey response rates
  • Managing data suppliers and sourcing the right sample
  • Supporting the quantitative team in processing survey data
  • Getting to grips with Q and Displayr analysis software
  • Involvement in the analysis and reporting of quantitative data
  • Exploring / devising new processes and training up the team
  • Identifying publicly available data sources
  • Contributing to and editing quantitative reports
  • Creating presentations
  • Project management
  • Administration

The work is project-based, fast-changing and challenging, but we won’t throw you in at the deep end – our young team of 18 permanent researchers are always here to provide you with the training and help you need.

Candidate profile

The right candidate would likely be a graduate with strong communication and organisational skills, a good command of Excel, a positive attitude and readiness to learn new skills. You’ll have excellent attention to detail and strong initiative to find solutions to problems. You’ll have a decent Maths GCSE and ideally A level. You’ll have enjoyed the research elements of your undergraduate degree and have an interest in education, publishing, sustainability, and/or health. Prior experience in quantitative research is desired, but not essential.

Diversity and equality

Shift Insight is committed to encouraging diversity and inclusion in everything we do, from the research we carry out to the wellbeing and progress of staff in our own office. We aim to create a culture that respects and values each other’s differences, that promotes dignity, equality and diversity, and that supports individuals to develop and maximise their true potential. We have a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion Representative who carefully oversees any emerging issues relating to diversity and inclusion, and works closely with our senior team to ensure these are addressed sensitively yet effectively. If you have any queries regarding our diversity and inclusion practices, please contact

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You’ll be given the opportunity to try out new ideas, take responsibility, work independently and make positive suggestions to help refine our existing processes. We believe in investing in your education too, with many training sessions and sponsorship to complete the MRS Certificate. Other benefits include:

  • £200/year to learn about the subject of your choice outside work.
  • A pension scheme with enhanced employer contributions.
  • Generous annual leave, including a day off on your birthday.
  • Volunteering opportunities in the local community.
  • Annual company profit share / bonus.
Job features
  • Location – Islington, London
  • Job category – Market research
  • Salary – starting £21,218 – £23,278
  • Hours – Full time, 35 hours per week
  • Start date – January 2021 (precise date to be chosen towards the end of interviewing).
How to apply

Please submit a CV and cover letter highlighting relevant attributes and experience to Elsie Lauchlan at by 5pm on Tuesday 15th December 2020. Successful applicants will hear by Friday 18th December.

Other opportunities

We are always on the lookout for confident and enthusiastic researchers to join our friendly team of freelance and permanent staff at our well-connected office in Central London’s vibrant Islington. Whether you’re a seasoned interviewer, a focus group pro, or would be interested in flexible work helping us to recruit participants, we’d love to hear from you.

Please do also get in touch if you’re based further afield – we often carry out exciting research all over the world. We’re especially interested in hearing from bilingual freelancers.

We’re always looking to grow our fantastic team, so please feel free to send a speculative CV to

Shift Insight is committed to encouraging diversity. We aim to create a culture that respects and values each other’s differences, that promotes dignity, equality and diversity, and that supports individuals to develop and maximise their true potential.