Public Affairs / Policy jobs
Public Affairs and Policy jobs can vary significantly and the major employers in this sector encompass public, private and the third sector.
Each of these sectors require staff to provide research and information in support of their operations making a career choice in this area desirable given the highly transferable skills set required. Specific fields or disciplines include analysis, communication, political and stakeholder management.Read more...
Public Affairs and Policy roles involve analysing the work of government for campaign groups, help to devise media campaigns for public affairs consultancies or carry out research and write briefing papers for elected Members. Influencing opinion and advocating ideas are key to these roles and tasks also involve undertaking consultation and report writing.
Entry into public affairs and policy jobs is competitive but there are many job opportunities across the UK given the wide range of employers recruiting to public affairs and policy jobs. These include local government, political parties, charities, think tanks, pressure groups and public affairs consultancies.
What skills are required?
Public Affairs and Policy roles require a broad skills set including being highly organised, a team player, powers of persuasion, an understanding of political systems, analytical skills and being able to communicate complex information to a wide audience.
Pay and Prospects
Careers in Public Affairs and Policy jobs benefit from excellent career mobility as skills and interests can develop quickly and along with it expertise. This enables policy experts to move between employers and between sectors as skills are highly transferable. As well as options to work within Government or for a politician, nearly all organisations that interact with governments need people to advise on policy and public affairs matters. This means there are plenty of opportunities for interesting and varied employment.
The average salary within the sector is around £41,000 per annum for a role based in London. For someone starting out as a Policy Officer the salary will be circa £20,000 if based outside of the capital. After a few years experience, the salary can start above £25,000 and move towards £40000.
Salary: £33,278.54 (gross) per annum, plus an annual fixed sum allowance of £1083
Salary: £36,545.47 (gross) per annum with an annual fixed sum allowance of £2,507
Salary: £60,290 (National) £63,479 (London) - £68,579 (National) £72,782 (London)
Salary: £35,188 (National) £37,987 (London) - £40,310 (National) £43,520 (London)