Economic Development Officer

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Economic development officers (EDOs) support and improve the local economy by encouraging investment, attracting new businesses and creating new jobs. They usually work for local authorities, and have the task of drawing up and carrying out their economic plans. They are also known as Regeneration Officers, or have a name relating to a specific project.

The Work

You could be:

If you work in a large authority you might specialise in a particular field of economic development such as inward investment or business start up.


The figures below are only a guide.

Most economic development officers are on the local authority salary scales, which vary from area to area. Starting salary for an economic development officer is usually around £23,000. An experienced officer may earn up to £40,000 a year.

With promotion you might earn anything up to £50,000 a year, sometimes more.


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Getting In

Jobs are with local authorities and organisations such as Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Local enterprise companies and voluntary sector regeneration organisations also employ EDOs. Look for vacancies in specialist websites such as, Universal Jobmatch and local council websites, or in newspapers and Jobcentre Plus offices.

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You should be:


Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Tel: 01463 245245
Twitter: @HIEScotland

Institute of Economic Development (IED)
Tel: 01925 730484
Twitter: @theIED

Scottish Enterprise
Tel: 0141 247 1385
Twitter: @scotent

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Human Resource Management

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