WDI Research Officer

Hours: Full-time, but with some flexibility possible

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £26,986 – £28,428 + 8% pension contribution

Deadline: Monday 8 April 2019 at 9am

Interview Date: Week starting 15 April 2019

Hours: Full-time, but with some flexibility possible

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £26,986 – £28,428 + 8% pension contribution

Deadline: Monday 8 April 2019 at 9am

Interview Date: Week starting 15 April 2019


In 2017, the Department for International Development provided funding enabling us to launch the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) in collaboration with international partners, SHARE and RIAA. The WDI brings investors together to request comparable data from companies via an annual survey. Its ultimate goal is to improve the quality of jobs in multinational companies’ operations and supply chains.

Job Description

At the heart of WDI is a questionnaire that asks listed companies to report on working practices in their own direct workforces and in their supply chains. We are looking for an excellent researcher and communicator with attention to detail, and a passion for promoting better labour standards, who will support the methodology and analysis that will underpin the next phase of this initiative.

Working with the Senior Researcher and drawing on insights from external stakeholders, the successful candidate will provide input on the further development of the WDI survey design along with all aspects of research implementation. They will carry out individual research tasks and support the development and delivery of engaging research materials which will inform both companies and their investors on how better to manage workforce issues.


  • Work with the Senior Researcher and wider team to further develop the survey methodology, including liaising with a wide array of topic-experts, stakeholders and partners from within the private sector, public and non-profit sectors;
  • Collaborate on and deliver research outputs to underpin the case for companies and investors improving workforce management and conditions;
  • Support research on specific workforce issues and corporate sectors;
  • Analyse data and publish a report on the results of the annual WDI survey;
  • Support the incorporation of feedback and revision of the survey on each cycle’s completion;
  • Support the development and maintenance of relationships with key stakeholders from civil society, companies, and the investment community.

Person specification

We are looking for a passionate, determined individual, with the following experience and skills:


  • Proven ability to organise and process large data sets;
  • Proven ability to analyse, interpret, and communicate complex information using both quantitative and qualitative research methods;
  • Experience of developing research methodology;
  • Excellent planning, coordination and prioritisation skills in the face of strict deadlines;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently and problem solve, but able to exercise judgment to seek advice when appropriate;
  • Understanding of workers’ rights and labour standards issues in relation to company supply chains and direct operations;
  • Understanding of the wider context in which the WDI exists, particularly in relation to social reporting;
  • Confidence in using IT to manage data and communications (Outlook, PowerPoint, Salesforce, Sharepoint, Skype);
  • Strong commitment to collaborative working and ShareAction’s values of accountability and transparency.


  • Experience of applying research to influence change, especially related to labour standards;
  • Advanced skills in using Excel to analyse and manipulate data;
  • Experience in the visual representation of data;
  • Understanding of ShareAction’s theory of change and a demonstrable interest in the issues we work on;
  • Knowledge and experience of using Salesforce as a CRM;
  • Understanding of GDPR and how it relates to the workplace.

A few more details

  • Hours of work: 35 hrs per week with an expectation of some out of hours working
  • Holidays: 25 days per annum, pro rata plus working days between Christmas and New Year, plus statutory bank holidays



How to apply

Please send us an up to date CV and cover letter (your cover letter should be no more than one side of A4). Please describe why you would be perfect for this job. Make sure your application clearly explains your interests and the skills you would bring to the role. Please note that we are unable to progress applications that do not include all of the asked-for information.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm! Please send your CV and a cover letter to Clare Richards at recruitment@shareaction.org.

Please note:
To be considered for this post you must be legally eligible to work in the UK, due to the size of the organisation we are unfortunately unable to sponsor anyone for a visa.

A bit more about us

ShareAction is a charity which promotes responsible investment by pension funds and other institutional investors. We believe that investment can be a force for good, serving savers and communities, and protecting our environment for the long term. We campaign on specific environmental and social issues that the investment industry has the power to influence, like climate change and workers’ rights. We advocate for policy changes required to enable responsible investment to thrive. We undertake research and rankings to drive up best practice among pension funds and asset managers. And we work with savers to help them push their pension schemes towards more responsible behaviour and sustainable investment practices.