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Public sector

The public sector is the catch all term for a vast range of careers and jobs in central and local government and frontline services, such as nurse or in a jobcentre.

types of roles

The scale and range of careers in public service is broad. You may be aware of many such as nursing, being a doctor, paramedic or working in adult social care, through to being a police officer, a teacher or a social worker.

But, did you know that you could work as a border force worker at airports or ports, planning officer, health and safety inspector or even an air traffic controller within the public sector? There are also a range of professions within the Civil Service and a wide variety of roles within government departments.

Benefits of working in the public sector

  • It’s a rewarding career where you can contribute to society.
  • You can make a positive difference to people’s lives and communities. It’s needed every day, not just in emergencies.
  • A public sector career offers reasonable pay, stability and benefits.
  • You can continually develop throughout your career, and take a variety of career paths or professions. The scale and range of careers on offer is unmatched.
  • You get to work with talented colleagues who bring energy, go the extra mile and deliver for the public good.
  • It’s dynamic, fast paced and innovative. It requires people who can think and act fast, and deliver public services in new ways.
  • You’ll get the chance to work on major projects right across the country.


If you’re looking for a job in the public sector, these resources are a great place to start.


Desirable skills

For many roles, experience or qualifications will be required, though it’s important to bear in mind that for some public sector jobs, most require a can do attitude and transferrable skills. Good communication skills, problem solving and flexibility, computer skills, being organised and be able to work at speed are all key attributes for a role in the public sector.

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