Not easy to have a quick look at this sector as it’s hugely varied and employs so many people, but what does working in the public sector involve?
Basically, there are 3 main areas – central government and Civil Service, regional and devolved government and local government.
Within central government and the Civil Service, as well as opportunities in HR, finance and IT, there are roles in operational delivery of services, policy delivery (focus on research, analysis and development of government policy), programme and project management.
Jobs in the public sector cover a very wide range of options and roles including finance, housing, HR, planning, transport, leisure, social work, libraries, IT, regeneration, environment, education and health.
The Civil Service helps the Government of the day to develop and deliver its policies as effectively as possible and incorporates three types of organisations – departments, agencies, and non-departmental government bodies.
Look at the Prospects profiles for Local government officer , Housing manager / officer, Civil service administrator and Civil service fast streamer to get an idea of what these particular jobs involve.
Take a look at these websites:
Jobsgopublic Listings for public and not-for-profit sector jobs
Public Jobs Direct Specialist recruitment for the public sector
Local Government Jobs Government jobs site advertising council vacancies. Search by occupation or by local council
SocietyGuardian.co.uk Sector news, comment, jobs
Civil Service Search all civil service vacancies UK-wide