Council worker job

Council worker job

Your daily duties will vary depending on your job, but no matter what you do, a council worker plays an integral part in their local community. Providing a range of public services, from teaching and urban gardening to collecting the bins and housing new tenants (and much more), you’ll uphold the council’s expectations and standards and also be giving something back to the community.

Common job titles include: 
 

  • Administration 
  • Carer 
  • IT technician
  • Policy officer
  • Refuse collector (or bin men/women)
  • Social worker 
  • Tourist information (serving lost visitors)
  • Teaching 
  • Police 
  • Library services 
  • Housing officer

 

The finer details...

Your working hours will change depending on your job, so if you’re an early bird then a career as a refuse collector is for you, while if you want the standard 9-5, then the world of teaching and social work is better suited.

Some roles will offer flexible working, while others will need you on weekends and through the night, so make sure you check before you start sending off applications.

While the majority of roles will involve some office work at some point (hello paperwork), there are different working environments to choose from. While social workers see other people’s houses, and librarians get surrounded by books, the more labour orientated roles mostly work outside (so remember to pack your brolly for those).


Your yearly salary will change depending on your job title, the company and your location, but the average salary for a council worker is around £15,000 to £22,000.

But get some experience and work your way up and you could be looking at earning up to and above £30,000.


The good points...

As you can see, the variety of jobs to choose from is vast, so you’re bound to find something to match your interests and skills.

If any point you realise you don’t like your job and fancy a change of scenery, you’ll have transferable skills to help you land another council-related job. And because there are councils throughout the country, relocating couldn’t be easier.

Plus, there’s the job satisfaction at the end of every day when you realise your job involves contributing to the community and making people happy.


...and the bad

The more public-facing jobs can have its tricky moments; especially when things go wrong or someone thinks your work isn’t good enough. At these moments, it’s likely that you’ll have to listen to someone ranting and raving at you…just keep calm.

most council jobs, formal qualifications aren’t necessary, but this can change depending on the industry you’re looking to go into. Some employers will need you to have degrees (e.g. teaching, IT, and anything financial), others will look for GCSEs, and many will need nothing more than a passion to learn and relevant ability and knowledge.


For If you’re worried about your qualifications (or lack of), it’s important to remember there are a variety of schemes out there willing to give you the relevant training and get you up to speed.

An important thing to have on your CV, no matter what job you’re looking at, is work experience and temporary placements. An easy way of learning new skills and getting a taste of the environment, it’s invaluable experience and can often lead to full-time work if you impress the boss.

Not a people person? Just want to be left alone? Then you might struggle in this sector, as not only will you come into contact with the public on a frequent basis, but your communication skills will also have to be top notch to deal with them.

The following personality traits are also a bonus in any council job:
 

  • Organised
  • IT skills
  • Eye for detail
  • Commitment to the community
  • Friendly (nasty people need not apply)
  • Ability to work under pressure and still remain calm