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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.

 

London

5 days ago

Programme Officer
Frontline

Salary: £30,000 + competitive pension

Frontline is continuing to grow and expand its impact. As we embark on this new stage in the organisation’s development we are looking to recruit a Programme Officer for our team responsible for Progamme Management. The role will be responsible for delivering high quality projects to ensure the Frontline programme (p...

Frontline

premium

London

8 days ago

Academic Programmes Coordinator
Frontline

Salary: £25,000

The Programme Management team works to ensure a first class participant experience of, and interaction with, the administrative elements of the Frontline programme. The team supports the teaching team and participants to maximise their learning experience, and works closely with a range of other teams across the organi...

Frontline

premium

Cardiff

14 days ago

Committee Support Officers
National Assembly for Wales

Salary: £17,804 - £22,343

As a member of the Chamber and Committee Service/Policy and Legislation Committee Service, you will be required to ensure that your committee's business is managed smoothly and effectively and that Assembly Members and staff receive a high standard of service. This includes ensuring that practical arrangements for comm...

National Assembly for Wales

premium

Flexible

13 hours ago

Senior Policy Researchers
Citizens Advice

Salary: £37,453 plus £3,520 London allowance

Citizens Advice

London

13 hours ago

Policy and Campaigns Manager
Mind

Salary: £40,608 per annum

Mind

London

16 hours ago

Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser
Home Office

Salary: £68,000k (Cabinet Office rules apply to existing Civil Servants) - £90,000k

Home Office

Edinburgh

17 hours ago

Bristol

18 hours ago

Head of Data Capability and Head of Capability Development
National Crime Agency

Salary: Starting salary range £64,989 - £73,409 London Weighting of £3,258

National Crime Agency

London

18 hours ago

Principal Lawyer
National Crime Agency

Salary: Starting salary range £64,989 - £73,409 London weighting of £3,258

National Crime Agency

London

23 hours ago

Principal Policy Manager
Citizens Advice

Salary: £44,137 plus £3,520 London Allowance (if applicable)

Citizens Advice

Bristol

23 hours ago

London

2 days ago

Various Locations

3 days ago

Regulatory Policy Manager: Innovation in Care
Care Quality Commission

Salary: Grade A - £49,966 (National) £54,695 (London if applicable)

Care Quality Commission

Leeds

3 days ago

Stakeholder Engagement & Communications Lead
Cabinet Office

Salary: £43,039 - £56,524 (National) - £48,965 - £60,635 (London)

Cabinet Office

London

3 days ago