Explaining the basics of pubic sector employment, like council jobs or working for the local authority

The government is in charge of all of the public sector spending and consequently public sector jobs. The public sector is a very large organization, and employs millions of people in the United Kingdom. Just in local government there are over two and a half million employees, working for local authorities, councils both county councils and district councils. One of the major differences between national government that sits in London and local government is that national government will decide police on issues like education. In many instances local government then implements these policies. Just looking at this picture you can see that if you are employed in the public sector then you are working for a very big organization and employer. So if your ideal employer would be a SME [small medium enterprise], where you know the boss and can influence the direction of the business then forget it. However as we shall see there are many advantages of working in the public sector that will compensate for this factor.

There are many different layers of public sector, and literally hundreds of different job titles available for you to choose from. The public sector is split into the following main sectors, civil service, social services, environment, education, housing, leisure and enjoyment and also the emergency services like the police, fire service and ambulance service. Other areas are benefits, rubbish collection [i.e. bin men and women]. There are many various types of positions available in these sectors from being a basic cleaner, to administration to management.

The salary of public sector jobs is comparable to that of the private sector and is also linked to inflation, this ensures that wages rise every year. Needless to say that the more qualifications you have the higher the salary you are likely to receive.

Related topics:

Useful public sector articles

Links to CVs:

CV examples

How to write a CV

Interview questions and answers