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 £45,000 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, Find a Job and local council websites, or in newspapers and Jobcentre Plus offices.

What Does it Take?

You should have:

You should be:


Getting On


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Scottish Enterprise
Tel: 0300 013 3385
Twitter: @scotent

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