Why work for Local Government?

Local government is influential
Local government is responsible for providing a wide range of services that affect all our lives. Local government can really improve local communities. It houses, informs, educates, entertains and protects its citizens and maintains a well-balanced environment.

Local government is dynamic and exciting
Local government is constantly changing and is becoming increasingly competitive. There is pressure to respond both to the needs of the local community and the wishes of central government. For those working in local government there are new challenges every day.

Local government has a broad range of career opportunities for everyone
With so many services to provide for, it is no surprise that there is such a variety of careers in local government. There are 600 occupational groups ranging from teaching to social care and environmental health to sports development, trading standards and planning, plus many more.

A fair day's pay
In many occupations salaries are competitive, especially in administration and management posts. Employment benefits are good and there are opportunities for professional development and training.

There are opportunities to progress
The emphasis on training and development ensures that local government staff not only have the opportunity to change jobs, but are equipped with the skills needed to do them well. There are opportunities to move between different departments, as well as upwards into more senior roles.

Local government employees contribute to the local community whilst working in a dynamic, fair and flexible environment. Whoever you are and whatever your background, working in local government gives you the opportunity not only to develop your career, but also to make a difference in people's lives.

Local councils are equal opportunity employers and have recruitment policies and practices which ensure that no person will be discriminated against for reasons of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, age, gender reassignment, or marriage and civil partnership. This commitment to equality of opportunity and respect for diversity extends not only to employees, but also to service users.

Local government runs specific training programmes to train and develop staff. All new members of staff within a council receive an induction and regular appraisals, enabling them to identify training needs.

There is a great deal of flexibility in all areas of local government work and many employees benefit from flexible work arrangements, which help to aid employees in their work/life balance.

As well as a fair and competitive salary and a variety of learning and development opportunities, there are many other benefits to which local government employees may be entitled, such as generous leave, local government pension scheme and secondments.

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