As the centre of British Government it is not surprising that London offers some of the best opportunities for those searching for public sector jobs. While it is expected that employment in this sector will be reduced from over 400,000 to around 380,000 between now and 2015, London still provides the highest number of opportunities to become a member of the Government’s staff.
Core Whitehall departments alone employ nearly 30,000 people, while other public sector departments based in the capital also generate hundreds of job vacancies every year. As well as roles within central Government, London’s local authorities offer a range of opportunities within public housing, benefits and human resources.
When job hunting through recruitment agencies it is worth noting that the average salary of a government/public sector worker in London is £38,000, somewhat higher than areas such as the North West or North East (averaging £28,000-£29,000), but not considered to be overly generous compared to salaries commanded in the city’s private sector. As with almost any job within London, it is worth bearing in mind that commuting times and cost of living make London a more challenging and expensive place to work, but it is also true to say that the potential for career progression is often greater than found elsewhere in the county.