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Setting smarter defaults for workplace pensions

By changing the default from opt-in to opt-out, automatic enrolment is successfully reversing the long-term decline in the number of people saving into workplace pensions in the UK. Opt-out rates have been between 8 and 14 per cent, rather than the 28 per cent the Department for Work and Pensions originally estimated, though very much […]

October 6, 2016


Moments of Choice: how young people make career decisions

Today, young people across England receive their GCSE results. Many will now be looking forward to the next exciting step in their education; for others, it may be a time for to reflect on what their options are and what they would like to do next. In these ‘moments of choice’, young people may seek […]

August 25, 2016


Applying behavioural insights to the Rio Olympics

With the Rio Olympics drawing to a close, we’ve taken some time to reflect on the behavioural insights that could be applied to this year’s games. What it means to an athlete to win a gold, silver or bronze medal; what factors might lead to a win; and the small changes that can make a […]

August 19, 2016


We’re recruiting in New York and London

BIT North America is looking for exceptional candidates to join us in our New York office as we expand and grow. We have opportunities at various levels and would love to hear from you if you have a real passion and drive to improve outcomes for individuals and organisations. You will be responsible for carrying […]

August 17, 2016


How can government make better use of data science? Insights from the first Data Science & Government Conference

Earlier this year the Behavioural Insights Team, working together with Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group, hosted a one-day conference exploring the topic of data science and government. The conference attracted 200 participants from across government, industry, and academia. In his opening remarks, David Halpern, BIT’s CEO and the National Advisor on […]

August 3, 2016


We’re recruiting in London and Manchester

The Behavioural Insights Team is looking for several Advisors and Senior Advisors to work on a number of projects with partners across different policy areas. These roles offer the opportunity to develop new solutions to some of the UK government’s most pressing challenges as well as aiding international governments and organisations to develop behaviourally informed […]

July 27, 2016


Behavioural Insights Team opens up in Manchester and Singapore, and expands in Sydney

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), also known as ‘the Nudge Unit’, is opening two new offices in Singapore and Manchester. BIT, the world’s first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences, adds these two new offices to its London and New York operations whilst also expanding its existing team in Sydney. The opening […]

July 20, 2016


Corruption: Can a behavioural approach shift the dial?

The first global summit on anti-corruption was held in London in May. The summit brought together world leaders, businesses, academics, civil society and international organisations to discuss the practical steps that could be taken to tackle corruption across the world. Here at BIT, we think that behavioural science can make an important contribution to anti-corruption. […]

July 7, 2016


We’re recruiting for a Head of Data Science

The Behavioural Insights Team is currently recruiting a Head of Data Science to lead our Data Science Function. The role will involve working closely with our Chief Scientist to enhance BIT’s capacity in data science – particularly machine learning, predictive modelling and data visualisation. For more information please see the job description. To apply, please […]

June 29, 2016


We are recruiting for a Senior Advisor in Singapore and Research Team roles in London

We are recruiting for a Senior Advisor to join us in our new Singapore office and for multiple roles in our Research and Evaluation team in London. See below for more details: Singapore office roles The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) will be opening an office in Singapore later this year. The Singapore office will work […]

June 1, 2016