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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 important is to have a good attitude and transferrable skills, such as good communication skills, problem solving and flexibility, computer skills, being organised and be able to work at speed.


Many employers in this sector are members of the Disability Confident scheme. This means that they have committed to actions that will provide work related opportunities for people with a disability or physical or mental health condition. You can search for a job with a Disability Confident employer on Find a Job.

Access to Work can pay towards the costs for communication support at a job interview and may be able to provide ongoing practical or mental health support when you get a job. To find out if you are eligible check the latest guidance.

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