Charity & Public Sector

The public sector refers to all state-run organisations, and the charity or not-for-profit sector is an umbrella term for all organisations that do not belong to the Public or Private sectors. These charity & public sectors employ nearly 6.5 million people in the UK in paid roles.


Charities have various job roles that don’t necessarily fall under this specific sector, but like all other businesses, have departments dedicated to accountancy and finance, marketing, business development, IT and HR. So, if you are looking for a specialist role to use your skills in, a charity or social enterprise might be the way to go.

Public Sector

This is an incredibly broad sector, not unlike a charity, and can lead to many different career paths. There are some large skills gaps in the sector which means shortages in certain areas, however funding has reduced and many jobs have been cut.

Both sectors have no particular hard and fast rule for what qualifications you need, but given the fact that budgets from both sectors are constantly being reduced, you can expect just a few graduate jobs to be available at any given time. Volunteering with charities and public sector organisations can be a good way to get a head start, however placements, internships and structured work experience can be very hard to come by due to fierce competition. Nevertheless, if this is your passion, don’t be disheartened because you never know what you may find!