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Local Government/Local Authority/Council Jobs

Local Governments across the UK are also referred to as local authorities or councils. There is a significant range of job types across local authorities from cleaners, office staff, teachers, communication specialists and Directors.


While it is the elected councillors who are the decision makers at a local level, it is the employees of the council who action their decisions and implement their policies.  Local Authorities are also responsible for a number of statutory duties ranging from the processing of taxi licenses, public house opening times, planning permission, and dog fouling and parking fines.

Many jobs will involve working with the public, while others will be of a technical or specialist area such as roles in finance, communication and law.  Working for a local authority can be a very rewarding as the work Council’s undertake impact on everyone’s day to day lives. Councils take responsibility for matters such as collecting the rubbish, managing the parks, running the leisure centres and libraries, looking after children’s education and delivering essential care and social services.  

With budget constraints on may local authorities, the number of people employed in local government has reduced. As of September 2017, the total number of people employed in local government was 2.104 million, a decrease of 9000 jobs over the previous quarter and the lowest number since 1999.

Local Government Salary Information

The salaries across local government can vary considerably and according to the specific role and area of work. Higher salaries are evident in senior management, head of department positions and at director level and above. . Some local authorities may have performance-related pay schemes and generally offer good annual leave packages.

The typical starting salary is between £16,000 and £20,000 according to the National Careers Service latest information.

You can read more about local government on the Local Government Association website


2 days ago

Events Administrator (12 Months Fixed Term Contract)
City of London

Salary: £22,480 p.a. inclusive of London Weighting.

City of London


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