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Recruiting For Council Jobs

Published: Thursday 30th April 2015

Why should you be recruiting for council and local government jobs? It is a question which is not answered often enough. Too often recruitment agents are focused solely on the private sector – forgetting the public sector which comprises around 40% of the UK’s economic and, more importantly, employment opportunities. Read on to find out why and how to take advantage of this sector?

For the past few years local government has been under more pressure to deliver more for less. It has been a challenging time for the sector with the recession and budgetary constraints hitting hard. Councils are having to quickly adapt to address these twin pressures and are looking for recruiters who can provide innovative recruitment solutions. 

The key drive for councils is to improve their efficiency in service provision and structure. This has led to over 6,000 job losses in recent months. This may paint a bleak picture, but councils are not looking to shed further jobs. Instead they want to work with recruitment agencies to find new ways of working, finding ways in which to support the delivery of frontline services in the most efficient way possible. 

Local Government Jobs and Council Employment Statistics

If we look at the last quarter of 2014 we can see the following picture of local government opportunities you could be recruiting for. 

Jobs and Sectors:

The sheer scale of employment opportunities available is staggering. Council and local government jobs cover every type of office job from administration to finance, Human Resources and IT as well as marketing departments through to Executive and Chief Executive level. 

Council’s, unitary authorities and local government provide a range of services you can recruit for including: cleaning and catering, education services, hospitality, tourism and leisure, apprentices and library staff. 

Equality and Staffing:

It might surprise you, and the candidates you work with, but the majority of staff employed by local authorities are female. At the end of 2014 the breakdown was as follows: 24% male, 76% female. 

Employment Statistics:

In 2014 there were a total of 1,720,300 council employees – with a full time equivalent of 1,218,000. Of these roles, 1.4 million were permanent and 227,200 casual labour. As you can see even the casual worker market is vast standing almost a quarter of a million roles across England and Wales. 


Pay and pay scales vary across England and Wales. Salaries can run from £12,435 to well over £40,000 in middle management positions. Chief Executives can expect to earn a lot more. 

There is more demand than ever for talented individuals in local government. Councils across England and Wales are seeking to employ people who can drive and deliver innovative efficiency solutions. There is a great opportunity for recruiters to place themselves in the market offering those talented professionals from the private sector. 

With almost countless job and career opportunities available there is no such thing as a typical council job. 

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