The UK’s top 25 public sector employers revealed

oxfam

 

The charity came top of a ranking of the UK’s best public sector and not-for-profit employers that was compiled from tens of thousands of employee reviews.

While the research compared branches of central and local government as well as the uniformed services, the league table was dominated by charities and the armed forces – which together accounted for three-quarters of the top 20.

By contrast, local authorities – which have seen their combined budgets cut by billions since 2010 – scored poorly with employees. Just one city council and one county council made it into the top 25.

Staff were asked to score their workplace on five categories: management, work-life balance, job security, pay and culture.

Oxfam, a global charity tackling poverty, scored consistently highly in all categories, with the six other charities in the top 10 all receiving high scores for their working environment and culture.

Charity employees frequently cited the sense of purpose and the chance to make a difference as key rewards for working there. The third-placed employer, the Army, received high scores from soldiers for its culture and job security.

Table: Best places to work in the public sector in the UK

Ranking

Employer

Sector

Reviews

Available jobs

1

Oxfam

Charity

1,000

164

2

Citizens Advice

Charity

277

24

3

British Army

Armed forces

1,296

2

4

BBC

Media

237

90

5

British Red Cross

Charity

368

459

6

RSPCA

Charity

406

23

7

YMCA

Charity

12,342

53

8

The Salvation Army

Charity

4,500

52

9

Cancer Research UK

Charity

630

126

10

HM Forces

Armed forces

625

11

Ministry of Defence

Central government

283

201

12

Royal Air Force

Armed forces

391

70

13

PDSA

Charity

395

41

14

Age UK

Charity

767

229

15

Lancashire County Council

Local government

86

2

16

British Heart Foundation

Charity

1,900

492

17

Royal Navy

Armed forces

524

84

18

Sue Ryder

Charity

490

130

19

Transport for London

Transport

127

33

20

Leeds City Council

Local government

116

1

21

Barnardo’s

Charity

621

174

22

St John Ambulance

Charity

236

58

23

Department for Work and Pensions

Central government

700

14

24

Metropolitan Police

Police

286

20

25

NHS

Health

2,300

10,000


Bill Richards, UK Managing Director at global job site, Indeed, comments: “A salary might be what drives people to work, but what makes us enjoy our job is more complex. While the public sector contains a huge range of jobs, from the civil service to charity work, many of those who choose a career in the sector are looking beyond their pay packet to other rewards.

“The popularity of charities in our ranking stems not just from the obvious satisfaction that their staff get from helping a good cause, but also the nature of the workplace. Employers who make their team feel valued, and offer a good work-life balance and a positive culture scored consistently well. Having fun and feeling like your work is having an impact — those are the things that make a workplace in any sector feel special.”

Penny Lawrence, Oxfam GB’s Deputy Chief Executive said: “The research tallies with our own regular surveys which show that the vast majority of staff feel proud to work for Oxfam, enjoy their job and share Oxfam’s vision to end extreme poverty around the world.

“We try to ensure staff have every opportunity to develop their talents in Oxfam and that there are lots of opportunities to learn and engage in our wider work. While salary is important, it’s not everything and it’s clear to us that delivering job satisfaction is not simply a question of wage, it’s a matter of professional development, engagement and recognition of the value of our wonderful staff and volunteers.”

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