Seven careers you might not have known are in the public sector

Dan Daltrey, December 15, 2018

Working in the public sector can be an extremely rewarding experience with fantastic opportunities to progress in your career. However, few are aware of the bountiful variety of jobs on offer throughout councils, parishes, counties and boroughs throughout the UK.

Here are just some of the fields that are actively recruiting in the public sector.


Planners have always played a crucial role in shaping the places in which we live, ensuring developments are safe and meeting the needs of the public.
East Hertfordshire are seeking a Principal Planning Officer to help them deliver their local plan. Apply today if you want to join the public sector planning revolution!

Principal Planning Officer (DM)

Accounting & Finance

It is a challenging, yet exciting time to work in local government finance. Councils across the country are looking for talented accountants and financial officers to help them run effectively.
If you’re looking for such a role, North Somerset have an opportunity as a Service Accountant that could be perfect for you!

Service Accountant (Development and Environment)


There is a wide range of litigation and legal policy associated with almost every facet of the public sector. These organisations are therefore always seeking qualified lawyers who want to make a real difference to the people they work with.
Southwark Council are currently recruiting Legal Assistants to their litigation team. Find out more about how you can join this vibrant London council!

Legal Assistants


With the increasing reliance across all workplaces on digital technology, IT professionals have become pivotal to how public services run and are delivered.

Kingston & Sutton are one place looking to undergo a digital transformation. Whether you’re a Developer or Network Engineer, they need you to join their IT team.

Various Roles


With the number of services that run across the public sector, it’s no surprise that auditing plays an important role in ensuring risk-based audit plans are delivered.

One council pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda are Brent. Find out more about their need for a Principal Auditor to help provide advice in relation to risks and controls to officers across the Council.

Principal Auditor

Business Management

Business management is not only a necessary component of the private sector, but also plays a vital role in public services across the UK.

For example, Islington need a Business Manager to run the operations and business side of one of their local schools. Find out more about how your management skills could be perfect for this role!

School Business Manager

Project Management

There are always a wide range of exciting projects going on across the public sector. As a result, there will always be a need for skilled projects managers to help lead these developments.

One such place undertaking an exciting ICT project are Kingston & Sutton. Find out how you could get involved and apply to join their team!

Senior Project Manager and Project Manager



This just a small selection of the potential fields available in the public sector. No matter what your expertise or passion, there’s guaranteed to be an opportunity for you. For even more fantastic jobs like these, head to to start your public-sector career!