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Recent research has shown that up to 95% of job seekers will research your organisation before applying for a vacancy. The more they have to search for the information they want, the less likely they are to apply.

To meet the needs of today’s candidates, an Employer Page on Vitae Jobs provides candidates with the information they want – one click away from the vacancy they’re interested in.

Your Employer Page gives you the opportunity to give candidates a deeper insight into your organisation, allowing them to view your Employee Value Proposition (EVP). This goes much further than a standard job advert. This could include information on your company culture, staff benefits and location, along with salary and expectations of the successful candidate.

Our pages are flexible, allowing you to convey your message by text, images, infographics and video. Unlike other recruitment websites, there is NO CHARGE for uploading rich media to your employer page on Vitae Jobs.

Get in touch to find out more about how an Employer Page can enhance your recruitment efforts and secure more quality applications.

5 Ways to prepare for a Monday morning

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Your sunny weekend is over and the thought of heading into work this morning is enough to send a shiver down your spine and inspire you to enjoy a strong adult beverage later today.

We’ve all been there! Even if you like your job for the most part, there are very few of us who enthusiastically leap out of bed on Monday morning. Let’s face it—we’d all prefer to enjoy a permanent weekend.

5 Ways to prepare for a Monday morning

Here are a few ideas to help you get through today and the week ahead.

1. Prioritise

As the first day of most peoples working week, we all know that Mondays can quickly become overwhelming. Your email inbox becomes even bigger and your to-do list is getting longer. After just a half hour at your desk, you’re probably ready to return home.

Taking a few minutes on a Sunday night to consider and prioritise your week can be helpful. Write down your major objectives for the week ahead and you’ll begin to have a clearer roadmap to guide you through your working week and ensure that you’re focusing your time on the right things.

Even if unexpected issues cross your path, you’ll always be able to keep the bigger picture in mind, which will help you feel much less stressed.

2. Plan Ahead

Next weekend, set aside a little time on Sunday night to get prepared for Monday morning.

Take just a few minutes to set out your clothes , prepare your lunch, place your keys and work passes somewhere that are easy to find, and you’ll be able to have a much less stressful Monday morning, with less chance of forgetting to take something to work.

3. Schedule Things You Can Look Forward To

Unfortunately, there is little to look forward to during week. However, scheduling a few activities that you actually enjoy can make the week feel a little less tiresome.

Whether it’s dinner with friends, playing sport, or setting asisde some time to read and reflect, it will break up your week and give you a few things that you can look forward to.

4. End on a High Note

It’s important that you end your weekend on a high note, so you may head into work on Monday feeling refreshed, recharged, and positive.

Why not treat yourself to an ice cream or watch your favorite movie. Anything to exit the weekend with a positive attitude.

5. Hit the Hay Early

There’s nothing worse than needing to drag yourself to your place of work feeling like a blurry-eyed, and tired.

Making sure you get a good night’s sleep is a surefire way to combat feeling tired on Monday morning. As tempting as it may be to stay up late, tuck yourself in at a reasonable hour. You’ll appreciate it on Monday and during the rest of the week.

Do these five things and you’ll head into your work week with a little spring in your step. Don’t worry, if its a new job that’s needed to reinvigorate you, we have hundreds of great job opportunities here.

Have a good week!


DVLA create Carers Network to support staff

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Louise White, the HR and Estates Director at DVLA recently discussed how the DVLA have provided the resources to set up a Carers Network at the organisation.

Speaking at the employers for Wales Carers hub, Louise explained this news Carers Network is managed by staff for staff, whether they care in a formal capacity, a former carer or just looking advice.

Louise outlined the growing importance of providing a supportive working environment for the staff they employ, and to retain the skills that exist across the organisation.

Part of this initiative has included creating staff guides which are published on their Intranet, regular drop-in sessions and coffee mornings.


Job Profile: Constituency Officer Manager

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Working in a Constituency Office for an elected Member can include a number of varied job roles such as Parliamentary Assistant, Office Manager, Casework and Communications.  We wanted to find out a bit more about what it takes to work in a busy constituency office and took the opportunity to quiz Lisa Donovan on her role as a Constituency Office Manager for National Assembly for Wales member David Rees AM.

Lisa is based in the constituency office in Port Talbot, South Wales.  Her role is varied and dynamic often responding to political events as they unfold, making it difficult to characterise a standard day.  As with most political roles, the job requires the post holder to be responsive, adaptable and flexible to meet the demands of the role.

Key skills for the role involve being proactive, a capable communicator, an enthusiastic team-member/manager and the ability to prioritise tasks and manage your own workload to meet the demands of those relying upon you.

Here is Lisa talking about her role.

Lisa Donovan Labour Party

Lisa Donovan Constituency Office Manager

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Lisa Donovan and I am the Constituency Office Manager, currently for David Rees AM, and have been in this role for 19 years, previously working for Brian Gibbons who was then Assembly Member from 1999 to 2011.  

What are your day to day duties as an Office Manager

My day to day duties as an Office Manager include managing and coordinate support services, including administration and casework for the Assembly Member. Key tasks include:

  • leading and motivating the staff team, undertaking administrative and casework within the constituency and managing the Member’s budgets.
  • coordinate office activities to ensure that telephone and electronic enquiries and visitors are dealt with accordingly.
  • Draft letters, briefings and reports on behalf of the Assembly Member, on a range of issues whilst  ensuring compliance with data protection legislation and Standing Orders to protect the Assembly Member.
  • Ensure that the constituency office conforms to all health, safety and welfare requirements.
  • Represent the member by dealing with the media, constituents and other outside bodies.

What made you apply for your current role?

I have been a Labour Party member for a considerable number of years and was a Labour activist.  Following the establishment of the National Assembly for Wales and the election of Brian Gibbons as AM for Aberavon, the job came up and I jumped at the chance to become more involved in new National Assembly for Wales, and I haven’t looked back since.

What is the best and most interesting part of the job?

The best part and most interesting part of the job is meeting people and being able to make a difference by helping people who are having difficulties, helping organisations and businesses improve and grow. Also by just being at the end of the telephone for people to get the help and advice they need at the time they need it.

What skills, qualities and experience do you think are essential to the role?

I think the skills, qualities and experience essential to the role are the ability to investigate, analyse and recommend solutions to complex problems and issues whilst using excellent organisational and planning skills. Typing skills are essential and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with elected members at all levels, from Cabinet Ministers to local Councillors as well as with local government officers, civil servants, Assembly Commission staff etc. You should be able to manage a demanding workload with conflicting priorities and be able to use a range of office software, including word processing, the internet, desktop publishing and presentation packages use relevant casework management software.

You should be able  to demonstrate commitment and understanding of the role of the National Assembly for Wales in promoting equality and working with diverse groups in developing the work required to advance the needs of the Assembly Member and demonstrate sensitivity and ensure that the highest standards of confidentiality are upheld.

An understanding of the need to reflect the views of the Assembly Member in a manner which reflects equal opportunity and is not inflammatory, insensitive, libelous, slanderous or defamatory is essential. Also an understanding of current affairs and issues of relevance to Wales, an interest in the Welsh political system

What top tips would you give to someone looking to get into the role?

Be pleasant, approachable, smartly dressed, speak clearly and concisely and most of all be empathetic

Many thanks to Lisa for taking the time to answer our questions about there role.

If you would like to apply for an Office Manager role or other constituency office vacancies,  please click here.

You’re hired: How to be a great intern

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So you managed to secure the perfect internship – our quick guide sets out some simple steps to ensure you make the most of your opportunity. 

Step One – Be Positive 

When you start an internship, your employer will want to see a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn and develop. Make sure you ask questions and show willingness to participate in activities and a be proactive in offering to take on new tasks. 

Step Two – Immerse Yourself 

Throw yourself into the mix and seek out all the possible opportunities at your disposal.  Really make the most of your internship by taking on as much as you can and offering to try new things.  Be alert to opportunities – if someone needs help make sure you offer or it you spot an opening to do something others might not – just go for – the more experience the better.

How to be the perfect intern

How to be the perfect intern

Step Three – Self Assess

You can also see your internship as a tool to find out where your strengths and weaknesses are, so you can look to develop and grow in these areas.  Take time to reflect on how you are doing including the things you like and don’t like – this will all help you shape your career path and guide you in the right direction. 

Step 4 – Network 

Network as much as possible, get to know those you are working with, you never know what opportunities may arise.  Speak to people, ask questions and learn while also getting yourself known.  Make sure people know who you are and what your career asparations are. 

Step 5 – Use initiative 

Push for your own project, something you can get your teeth stuck into and make your mark on.  

Finally….make sure you document all of your experience as you go along. It is worth keeping a log ready for those applications for you next move up the career ladder. 

A new step on the career ladder – Internships 

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In a competitive graduate jobs market it is vital that new graduates set themselves apart from crowd and have something of interest on their CVs to hook in potential employers. To help get those graduate feet on the first rung of the career ladder gaining some work experience even before leaving university is an asset.

Internships can secure valuable and relevant experience and build up networks and contacts that can lead to employment when you graduate. However, finding an internship can be tricky as some employers are using unpaid internships to exploit jobseekers in a tight jobs market.

So what is an internship?


An internship is a period of work experience usually lasting for a fixed time and typically attract students or graduates looking to gain experience. They are hugely benefits to completing an internship as they provide insights into roles and industries that help you gain transferable skills and experience.

Employers frequently use these placements to assess a student’s or graduate’s capability and often recruit employees from their interns rather than advertising their vacancies externally.

Where can I find internships?


London is one of the top places to find an internship in the UK although you’ll have to be mindful of the high costs of living. However, increasingly internship opportunities can be found in other UK cities such as Newcastle, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester. There are a number of websites offering to help you find an internship but it might be better to seek out internships directly with companies and or through jobs listing websites. You can find public sector internships listed on our web pages here.

Top tips for getting an internship



Decide on what experience you want to gain and identify which organisations to focus on rather. Carefully considered and focussed applications will increase your chances of being successful.


Seek out opportunities and get applying early to give yourself time to do your research and tailor your application to the organisation.


Find out as much as you can about the organisation offering the internship so you can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of its culture and values.


Network with potential employers who you have met, perhaps at university or relevant events, or through social networking sites – most organisations have Twitter Accounts and LinkedIn Groups. This will help you get an understanding and knowledge of the organisation too.


If at first you don’t succeed try again. Do not be put off by rejection as it may take a few applications before you find a role that suits you. Learn from any rejections by asking for feedback and refine your approach. It’s all good experience and be keeping a positive mind you will succeed!

Good Luck!

Addressing the Gender Pay Gap through flexible working

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It’s no surprise that men are still earning more than women in some organisations across UK. Sadly, this disparity can be supported with the following facts:

  • Women earn an average of £5,732 a year less than their male counterparts
  • Women make up only 24% of those in FTSE 100 boardrooms
  • The World Economic Forum recently predicted that the global gender gap will not close for another 170 years at the current rate of progress!
  • The World Economic Forum ranked the UK 20th out of 144 countries for gender equality, based on a variety of indicators. Germany, Norway, France, Ireland and Rwanda all ranked higher than the UK.

So what might be causing this gap?  The Women and Work APPG, an informal group of cross party parliamentarians, recently highlighted that one of the most important issues for many women, particularly working mothers, is the lack of flexibility in the workplace.

Women in Leadership gap still exists across the UK

Flexible working has been around for some time but just how flexible is it in reality? Flexible working seems to be found primarily in lower paid, lower skilled employment.  In higher skilled jobs, flexible working is often focussed around a set of core hours, which are rarely school friendly, so women with child care responsibilities have their options for returning to work limited.

Unfortunately it still seems common place to hear women say ‘I only work part time’ or ‘I just work four days’ – confirming that some stigma still exists around working part time and raising a family.

Coupled with the cost of childcare in the UK, women considering returning to work after having a child or not, have a difficult choice.

Recently the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that, during pregnancy or maternity leave or as they return to work, as many as 54,000 women a year in the UK may be dismissed, forced out of their jobs, or treated so badly they leave their position.  

However, there some progress being made with more public sector employers moving towards more flexible and agile styles of working to help support women in the workplace.  Some London Local Authorities are leading the way on this.

For example, Islington Council has a vision to build a workforce which is diverse and reflective of its local community.  Islington Council jobs reflect a commitment to championing flexible working to attract, support and retain talented people.

Similarly the Greater London Authority (London Assembly) recognises that there are many different reasons that people want to work with greater flexibility. GLA jobs now offer a range of options from compressed hours, part-time work and job shares, to remote working and flexi time.

An even more innovative approach is that by Camden Council who as the first Timewise Council in the UK, is acting on its commitment to ensure that all Camden Council Jobs they recruit for are available on a flexible basis, unless there is a good business reason why not to.

Whether these approaches lead to more women in the workplace and in higher paid positions remains to be seen.

There is still a long way to go until flexible and agile working becomes the norm rather than the exception


Top 5 Hints and Tips to write a better job advertisement

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A job advertisement is your opportunity to sell the role and organisation. It has to be engaging and written in a way that attracts your target audience. When candidates find job advertisements, they should be able to have a clear understanding about what is being offered to them and become quickly engaged with the opportunity. Therefore, it is important that a job advert is well written, is easy to read and is of high quality.

Job Advert Writing Hints and Tips

Here are our top five suggestions for writing a better job advert and to make it interesting:

Specific Title:

There are plenty of candidates who go through newspapers, job portals, magazines, and other platforms in search of suitable jobs. It is important to remember job seekers only spend a few minutes reading a job advert so having a specific and meaningful job title will instantly grab their attention and encourage them to read more.

Be clear about desired skills:

When writing an effective job advert, it is important that the requirements, expectations, qualifications and skills for the job vacancy are clearly articulated to the candidates. This helps in proper recognition of well fitted candidates and thereby helps in saving time and energy of job givers as well as seekers. Ideally this should be set out in 4 or 5 bullet points to make them more easily digested.

Provide information about the organisation:

While writing a job advert, it is important to give information about your organisation, its mission and vision. However, you should always sell the job first followed by information about the team and the organisation. This will help the candidate to see themselves in the role.

No Gender Biasness:

Be aware of the language you use in the job advertisement. Using more gender-neutral language can have a positive effect on the number of female candidates that apply. For example, consider using words such as ‘Flexible’, “Supportive’ and ‘Creative’ to encourage more female candidates.

Setting out the structure:

The layout of your advertisement can make your job opportunity more engaging and appealing. Consider using headings, small paragraph and bullet pointing key information to make the content easier to digest. This will encourage candidates to re-visit the advertisement or to download the job profile.

Hints and Tips for Job Adverts

Finding a candidate with the right skills, qualifications and personality to fit the specifications of a job description can be difficult, so the clearer you can make your job advert and setting out your expectations will ensure you save valuable time in the long-run.

Overall, the job advert should give a welcoming impression towards the candidates, allowing them to see how they would fit into an organisation and why they should invest their time applying to join your team.  


Jobs in Cardiff and Employment Information

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Cardiff is the 10th largest city in the UK and one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, with jobs in Cardiff growing at a similar pace.

So what job opportunities does Cardiff have to offer in the public sector?

Cardiff Job Opportunities

Around 54,000 people are employed in the public sector in Cardiff. This is no surprise given the city is home to a number of large public sector employers including the BBC, National Assembly for Wales, Welsh Government, HMRC, Home Office, Companies House, and Cardiff City Council.   

Public sector jobs in Cardiff can be found in government and local government organisations that offer excellent terms and conditions including flexible working, generous annual leave allowances, daily travel assistance, pension schemes, childcare voucher schemes, agile working and training and development.  

Some of these terms and conditions have been recognised nationally with the National Assembly for Wales being commended as a Family Friendly Employer and voted Stonewalls number one employer in the UK. Cardiff Council has also been highlighted as a Living Wage Champion for Wales in 2017-18 and Employer of the Year by the Quality Skills Alliance for its apprenticeship schemes.

Jobs in Cardiff

Principality Stadium Cardiff

Salaries in Cardiff

The average annual salary in Cardiff is around £25,000.  This average is lower than the UK average but the quality of life in Cardiff is much higher thanks to the favourable cost of living.  Cardiff benefits from lower house prices and rental costs than its UK counterparts making it an economic place to live.

What’s the Commute like?

Cardiff is a well connected city on all forms of transport.  A rail network joins the centre of the city with the employment hubs of Cardiff Bay and North Cardiff, which is complemented by an excellent bus service.

For those seeking a more sustainable trip to work, there are fantastic cycle routes traversing the city including the Taff Trail which has to be one of the most scenic cycle routes to work in UK.

For those relying on the car to get to and from work, Cardiff is on the M4 and is easily accessible by the 1.6 million people who live within a 45 min drive away.  With a proposed Metro system on its way, movement around the city is going to get quicker and cleaner. For the more adventurous, there is a water taxi linking Cardiff Bay to the City Centre.

The city is also well placed for connecting with the rest of the UK being situated just 40 miles from Bristol and 150 miles from London – with excellent rail links you can be in the centre of London from Cardiff in under 2 hours.

Jobs in Cardiff

Senedd, National Assembly for Wales

And the best things about Cardiff…

Cardiff is a fantastic place to live with its rich tapestry of history, culture, sport and social activities.

In the recent Quality of Life in European Cities Survey, Cardiff came out on top in terms of UK Cities and 3rd on the overall list – only falling short to Oslo and Belfast. Similarly a BBC poll in 2014, placed the city as top of the UK’s Quality of Living Capital Cities.

Cardiff boasts great bars, restaurants and shopping centres as well as numerous theatres, cinemas and independent cultural venues that host live music and performances.  

All of this makes Cardiff an amazing place to live and work so if you are thinking of a change check out opportunities in Cardiff here.

Our Cardiff  job listings include the best available positions in the professions of digital, administration, customer service, communications, and other opportunities in the Welsh Government and National Assembly for Wales . Whether you are looking for a full time or part time position, permanent or fixed term opportunities, we will help you find the job opportunity you are looking for in the Cardiff area.

What does a Parliamentary Clerk do?

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Working with Parliamentary Committees?

Elected representatives such as MPs and Assembly Members are part of our everyday lives.  We see them on the news daily, read about them online and in newspapers and follow them on social media as they work to make decisions that impact on the laws and policies that shape our society.  As large part of an elected Members role is their work on Parliamentary Committees.

However, did you know that behind the scenes there are a group of people whose job it is to support these Members in their Committee work? This group of committed public servants are known as Committee Clerks who work to support the various Committees that exist in Westminster and the UK’s devolved Parliaments.

So firstly what do these committees do?

Committees scrutinise legislation, investigate public policy, proposed laws and government activity. They do this by holding inquiries, hearing from stakeholders, look at evidence and then produce a report, which make recommendations to Government on specific topics.

National Assembly for Wales Committee Room

National Assembly for Wales Committee Room

What does a Parliamentary Clerk do?

Being a Committee Clerk is a politically restricted role which means that Clerks are not aligned to any political party and do not work for the Government. While a Parliamentary Clerk job description can vary slightly from one Parliament to another, their general responsibilities remain the same.

The day to day work of a Clerk varies ranging from overseeing communication of the Committee’s work to the public and media, liaising with the Government to follow up their responses to Committee reports, drafting correspondence, liaising with witnesses about their forthcoming appearances before the Committee and sometimes getting out of the office and accompanying Members on visits to gather evidence to support their work.

One of the key skills of a Committee Clerk is negotiating with Government Ministers and Officials as well as external stakeholders to encourage them to give evidence to a Committee inquiry and talk candidly on the record.

This all takes place alongside the day-to-day work of a Clerk which involves answering committee members’ questions, making sure Members receive relevant papers on time, arranging briefings and meetings.

House of Commons Committee Room

House of Commons Committee Room

The best part of the job?

Parliamentary Clerks work at the very heart of a parliament providing direct support to Committees in their vital role of holding the Government to account and providing the important checks and balances on policy and legislation.  These Committees provide back bench Members with the opportunity to have their voice heard – empowering them to shape and change policy decisions and direction, which is essential to good governance and democracy. Serving these Committees as a Parliamentary Clerk can provide an excellent sense of job satisfaction by supporting work that is for the wider public good.

Parliamentary Clerk Salary

Salaries for Parliamentary clerks vary at the different Parliaments and Assemblies across the UK.

At the Scottish Parliament, a recent vacancy (Feb 2018) for a Senior Assistant Clerk was advertised with a salary of £41,649 – £51,144. National Assembly for Wales Clerks are paid between £45,513 to £60,476, while the House of Commons and House of Lords Clerks are paid salaries that climb towards £75,201.

Working Pattern

Being a Parliament Clerk means the workload is greater work during the Parliamentary term, so it can very intense when Parliament is sitting. However, during recess, the workload can be lighter allowing you to plan for the term and year ahead and enabling you to take annual leave more easily. This is a great advantage in terms of having a healthy work life balance.

Attracting more female candidates – International Women’s Day

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Today is International Women’s Day – an event that annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

To mark the occasion, we took a closer look at what some employers within the public sector are doing to attract more women to apply for roles and once in post support them in the workplace.  

We were particularly impressed by the approach taken recently by the Department for Transport in appointing two women, Polly payne and Ruth Hannant to the civil service’s first ever job share at Director General level.

This is ground breaking on multiple levels not only within the Civil Service but also within the rail sector, where women make up just 11% of the workforce and senior leaders are “overwhelmingly male”.  

It is encouraging that workplace gender equality is being considered at all levels within the DfT and other UK government departments.

Both the Civil Service in the UK along with large multi-national organisations are recognising the importance of attracting women through the language used in their job advertisements. Some UK government departments and companies such as Apple and Twitter are using a product from TEXTIO which uses an algorithm to gender-neutralise their job adverts to make them more appealing to women. Some evidence suggests this can have a significant impact on encouraging women to apply.

In 2017, the Institute for Government suggested if women are less likely to be promoted to senior roles, then the civil service will not be making of their talent pool. Currently women make up around 55% of Civil service, however this figure drops to just over 40% for women in senior roles. This number has increased significantly since 1996 when the number of women in senior Civil Service roles was a very low 17%. While the numbers are improving, I think we would all agree more can be done.

Attracting women into historically male-dominated roles continues to be challenging. One initiative to address this issue has been through apprenticeships with more inclusive training and ongoing support.

More employers are recognising the importance of gender diversity in the workplace, but the focus needs to be on attracting women into an organisation AND changing the environment to ensure they feel valued, supported and treated equally in their career progression.

Attracting women could range from something straightforward such as female pictures on the careers website, to reviewing the language they use in job descriptions so that they appeal to women.

It’s great to see many employers recognising they need to change their attraction and assessment activities to appeal to more female candidates. However it may be a few more years before we see a marked difference

Welcome to Vitae Jobs

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We are Vitae Jobs – created in 2017 as the UK’s only public sector and charity jobs focused jobs website.

Our team has over 20 years experience of working in the public sector and we think working in the civil service or public sector offers a very rewarding career with plenty of opportunities for professional and personal development, as well as contributing to wider society and serving the public in many different ways.  

During our own career paths, we have often found it difficult to find new jobs given the choice of generic jobs websites advertising an array of opportunities across sectors.  We found using these sites to be difficult to find the specific jobs we were looking for. We found that when looking specifically for parliamentary or political jobs, these opportunities were spread across many individual websites, which made job seeking time consuming and frustrating.

With our friends and colleagues experiencing similar issues, we decided to create Vitae Jobs. We wanted to bring together job advertisements that civil and public servants would be able to find in once place, making it easier for jobseekers to find job opportunities they were really looking for.

We also believe the skills and experiences of working in the public sector are often transferable to the third sector. Vitae Jobs is all about making it easier to find a job – we want to become the only resource these candidates will need to access for job opportunities in the public and third sectors.

Disillusioned with the high cost of advertising charged by generic job sites – we decided to enter the market offering reasonable fees while always offering a free option to list a job opportunity.   

We are the first jobs website in the UK to offer a pay-as-you-go option allowing organisations to only pay for what they need. This, along with our bespoke social media advertising and options for free company profiling, mean we will make your job opportunity as accessible as possible.  We really want to help employers find the quality candidates they are looking for, saving them time and money in the process.

Our ambition is to become the leading public sector and charity job website in the UK and whether you are a job seeker or employer, we hope you will join us in our journey.

Check out all of our job opportunities here

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