I want to work in ..... the Public Sector
- What is the Public Sector?
"The public sector is increasingly required to meet targets and therefore values commercial awareness in addition to a commitment to public services"
- General Information
- Employers and Vacancies
- Civil Service
- Local Government
- Finance-related Public Bodies
- National Health Service
- Outsourced Public Services
- Other Organisations
The public sector includes all state-funded services, from the civil service, MI5 and the armed forces to the BBC and the British Museum. It includes the majority of education, social and community services; the emergency services; criminal justice and the National Health Service (NHS) - the largest single employer in Europe.
Almost 5.5 million people work in the public sector in the UK in almost every conceivable job role.
The public sector is a popular career choice for graduates: four of the Times 100 Top 10 Graduate Employers 2015 were in the public sector (Teach First, the Civil Service, the NHS and the BBC)
If you are thinking of a career in the public sector because you want to do something worthwhile, contribute to society and the community and help to make a difference, read on.
If you want job security and a quiet, undemanding desk job think again: the public sector no longer guarantees a “job for life” (between 2009 and 2015, the public sector workforce fell by 969,000) or a “cushy number”. A survey of 2,200 local government workers, found that 75% of respondents said their workload had increased in the past year, and 46% said they had too much work to do.
- Prospects Jobs Sector: Public Services and Administration www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/job-sectors/public-services-and-administration
- Prospects Job Profiles Public Services and Administration www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/browse-sector/public-services-and-administration
- Target Jobs Career Sectors: Public Service https://targetjobs.co.uk/career-sectors/public-service-charity-and-social-work
- Public Sector.co.uk www.public-sector.co.uk
- PublicNet www.publicnet.co.uk
Public Sector Employers and Vacancies
- Prospects Public Sector Community www.prospects.ac.uk/links/communities vacancies, careers information, features and news about the public sector.
- UK Online www.direct.gov.uk links to government information and services including A-Z indexes of central and local government bodies
- JobsGoPublic www.jobsgopublic.com a wide range of job opportunities across public sector organisations, including local government, education, housing & more
- Guardian Jobs: Government & Politics https://jobs.theguardian.com/jobs/government-and-politics
The Fast Stream
The Fast Stream is a development programme designed to prepare graduates for careers at the highest levels of the Civil Service. Fast Stream graduates work in central Government departments, the Houses of Parliament, the Diplomatic Service, the Government Communications Service and in specialist areas including HR, Finance and Project Delivery. The programme offers experience in policy, operational, commercial and financial areas, rotating between different Government departments and with opportunities for external secondments.
- Job profile of a Civil Service Fast Streamer from the Prospects website
- Job profile of a Civil Service administrator from the TARGET Jobs website
- Working for the Civil Service www.gov.uk/government/organisations/civil-service/about/recruitmentoutlines the various routes into the Civil Service
- Civil Servant www.civilservant.org.ukFactual information about the Civil Service, advice for new recruits and a guide to Civil Service-speak
- Civil Service Jobs www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi
- Civil Service World www.civilserviceworld.com A site “to help civil service leaders and managers understand their working environments and achieve more in their jobs”. Useful background for Fast Stream candidates.
- List of Government departments, agencies and public bodies www.gov.uk/government/organisations
This offers a broad range of careers, both generalist (manager, officer, administrator etc.) and specialist (such as finance, education, human resources). Graduates in local government are responsible for the development and implementation of the local authority’s policies and procedures, ensuring that they are delivered effectively and offer value for money. A number of local authorities run graduate schemes: some, including Kent County Council, recruit directly while others take applications through the National Graduate Development Programme.
- Job profile of a local government officer from the Prospects website
- Job profile of a local government administrator from the TARGET Jobs website
- National Graduate Development Programme for Local Government - a centralised recruitment scheme for graduates onto a two-year work and training programme in a local authority www.ngdp.org.uk
- Local Government Association www.local.gov.uk
- Local Government Jobs www.LGjobs.com
- Opportunities Local Government vacancies www.Opportunities.co.uk
- We Love Local Government blog www.welovelocalgovernment.com
- Kent County Council Graduate Programme www.kent.gov.uk/jobs/starting-your-career/kent-graduate-programme
- Other jobs at KCC www.kent.gov.uk/jobs
- Vacancies at Canterbury, Thanet and Dover Councils www.canterbury.gov.uk/jobs
- Medway Council www.medway.gov.uk/workandjobs.aspx
Finance-Related Public Bodies
Understanding how the council sets a budget and how each service manager then works out, and monitors, their own budget is a central part of being a manager … There are so many managers who don’t know how to manage their own budget, let alone how the council’s overall budget works, and it definitely holds them back.www.welovelocalgovernment.com/index.php/blog/25-advice-for-the-newbies
Every organisation in the public sector requires its finances to be carefully managed. Public money has to be spent properly, on the right things and deliver value for money.
All the organisations listed below recruit graduates from a wide range of degree backgrounds and provide training for relevant finance qualifications.
- Bank of England The central bank of the United Kingdom, responsible for maintaining monetary and financial stability. www.bankofengland.co.uk/careers/Pages/default.aspx
- Financial Conduct Authority www.fcacareers.org.uk the independent body responsible for regulating the financial industry
- HM Revenue & Customs Tax Professional Graduate Programme www.facebook.com/HmrcGraduates
- Tax Inspector Job information from the National Careers Service
A fine is a tax for doing wrong.
A tax is a fine for doing well.
- National Audit Office www.nao.org.uk/graduates the independent "financial watchdog" monitoring government spending
- CIPFA www.cipfa.org/join/careers-in-the-public-sector advice on the accountancy qualification for the public sector, plus vacancy information
- Finance the Future www.financethefuture.co.uk a CIPFA training scheme organised by local authorities across London
In addition to the above, a number of accountancy and professional service firms offer audit and advisory services to public sector clients, including:
- Deloitte www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/pages/careers/articles/public-sector-audit-regional.html
- EY www.ey.com/UK/en/Careers/Students/Assurance---Audit---Government---Public-Sector
- KPMG www.kpmgcareers.co.uk/graduates/career-paths/public-sector#.V
- PWC www.pwc.co.uk/careers/student/graduateopportunities/assurance-public-services.html
National Health Service
"Commercial awareness is increasingly seen as crucial for the functioning of the NHS ... the new NHS Commercial Operating Model is changing the rules of procurement – and opening doors for the medtech industry."
- Prospects Jobs Sector: Healthcare www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/job-sectors/healthcare
- Prospects Job Profiles: Healthcare www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/browse-sector/healthcare
- The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme www.nhsgraduates.co.uk recruits students who wish to specialise in general management, financial, informatics or human resource management.
- Careers and job roles in the NHS www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles The NHS graduate scheme is highly competitive, so use this site to explore thefull range of other management and general career opportunities available in the NHS
- NHS Jobs www.jobs.nhs.uk Recruitment service for the NHS and other health related organisations in England & Wales, advertising around 20,000 vacancies every month. If you are looking for a career in the NHS or another health related organisation this site should be your first port of call.
- The NHS in England www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Pages/NHSEngland.aspx
- NHS Service Search: find hospitals, GPs surgeries, etc throughout England www.nhs.uk/Service-Search
- Health Jobs UK www.healthjobsuk.com job advertisements for healthcare jobs (including support services and administration) across the UK
Increasingly, public sector bodies are “outsourcing” their services to commercial organisations, who deliver services such as IT provision, supply-chain management, procurement services, facilities management and human resources under contract to central and local government bodies and NHS providers. Forecasts suggest that the outsourcing of public services is set to grow by at least £20bn over the next four years and that a third of all public services provided by central and local government will be delivered by outsourcing bodies by 2020.
Outsourcing firms include:
- Serco www.serco.com/careers
- Capita www.capita.co.uk/careers/capita-graduates.aspx
- Carillion www.carillionplc.com/careers/graduates
- G4S http://careers.g4s.com/
- Babcock http://babcockgraduates.com
- Mitie www.mitie.com/careers/graduate-recruitment
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Committee: a group of people that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
Other Public Sector Organisations
Last fully updated July 2016