Make a difference through research
Our trainees are the future of social research and join a career path which is hugely rewarding, knowing the work you’re doing will have a positive impact on society.
At IFF, we believe in developing research skills to help our people become knowledgeable researchers, with their fingers on the pulse of policy and sector expertise that is second to none.
Our industry-leading training programme includes a rotation around different teams, experiencing work within all of our sectors, and across the full breadth of methodology, which is sure to get your research career off to a flying start.
Why join us at IFF?
Make a difference
A career in social research means working at the heart of public policy. Enjoy meaningful work that will make a real difference to the lives of others.
Explore your interests
By working across varied sectors and different types of research, you’ll discover what really excites you and begin a rewarding career with vast opportunity for development.
Join a fun and friendly team
Be part of a supportive and inclusive team, and be part of our many socials, including regular team lunches, netball matches and games evenings.
Setting you up for success
When you join our team as a trainee researcher, you’ll spend your first three weeks working through our Training Project. This is a leading programme accredited by the Market Research Society designed to walk you through each and every step of the research process. From understanding the research purpose and using the right questions, to analysing the data and reporting your findings.
You’ll be part of a group of new trainees, learning together with the opportunity to “have a go” at all stages in our interactive training sessions.
Your first year is all about developing your experience and skill and you’ll rotate round our three research teams, gaining valuable insight and exposure to the variation of our 8 different business sectors. You’ll also take part in a wide range of internal and external training to help you along the way!
Life at IFF
We are an inclusive, vibrant and supportive place to work and believe in bringing our team together. We cater to everyone with groups from craft, book and running clubs, summer meets ups for cricket and rounders, theatre trips and not forgetting our lunches and team days that bring us together outside the office and if you’d rather not take part, that’s ok too, everyone is welcome at IFF.
Our committees are also an important part of our culture and we encourage people to take part; we have a wellbeing group that focusses on awareness and support for physical and mental wellbeing, we also have our EDI committee that focus on leading the way to ensure IFF remains inclusive and diverse.
Read our EDI statement here.
All sounds good doesn’t it, we grabbed a coffee with real-life TRE, Emma, and asked her some quick-fire questions about life at IFF, check it out below. (Emma has since been promoted, congrats Emma!).
“I joined IFF on their graduate programme. The training was useful in understanding all stages of the research process and what my job would entail in the first year or two. It gave me confidence to get involved in new methods beyond ones I’d used in my degree, as well as those I’d already had practice with. I’ve found IFF to be a really encouraging place to start a career, with a great group of people on hand with advice and help whenever I need.”
Senior Research Executive
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at IFF so far! The training is very comprehensive, covering every step of the research process! Everyone is really friendly and willing to help with any questions, which made settling in so much easier. Being able to work on projects whilst undergoing training really helped to put everything into context and gave me real life experience.”
“It’s so easy to get involved with social activities at IFF, with everything from book club and theatre trips, to netball, or drinks after work. And if there isn’t a club that suits your interests, you can create your own! The range of social activities is just one of the many ways that IFF ensures that everyone feels welcome – and can have fun and relax after work!”