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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.

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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.

 

Cardiff

14 days ago

Apprentice Research Assistant
Wales Centre for Public Policy

Salary: £26,495 - £30,688 per annum (Grade 5)

The Wales Centre for Public Policy is seeking an outstanding graduate who can bridge the worlds of research and policy and is committed to producing high quality, policy relevant research and analysis. This is a unique opportunity to work at the heart of current policy debates including issues such as Brexit, economic ...

Wales Centre for Public Policy

premium

London

11 hours ago

Political Consultant
DODS Group

Salary: £23,500 - £25,000

DODS Group

London

11 hours ago

London

1 day ago

Wales

2 days ago

London

2 days ago

Public Affairs Assistant
Board of Deputies of British Jews

Salary: £22,000 - £23,000 per annum Full Time Equivalent (pro rata) depending on experience

Board of Deputies of British Jews

London

2 days ago

Group Public Affairs Manager
Lloyds Banking Group

Salary: £53,000 - £58,000 plus benefits package

Lloyds Banking Group

London

2 days ago

Events Manager
British Future

Salary: £27,000 - £29,000 per annum

British Future

London

2 days ago

Team Assistant – Policy
techUK

Salary: £20,000 to £23,000 per annum

techUK

London

2 days ago

London

2 days ago

Cardiff

3 days ago

Senior Policy Researchers
Citizens Advice

Salary: £37,453 plus £3,520 London allowance (if applicable)

Citizens Advice

London

3 days ago

Wales

3 days ago

London

3 days ago