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Public and not-for-profit

Those working in finance within the public and not-for-profit sectors continue to enjoy influential roles, shaping decisions that impact upon service delivery and social objective strategies, regardless of the economic climate or resources available.

Finance is increasingly at the heart of decision making

Finance professionals operate at the centre of the many large transformation initiatives that are undertaken in the public sector. Furthermore, as many public services are now delivered by external agencies, the scope for finance experts within not-for-profit organisations has also been widening.

With the pressure to manage costs more effectively, most new vacancies usually come about only after a very compelling business case has been made and successive governments have required organisations to be more accountable and commercial. As such, many finance directors and business leaders in public services have themselves trained with Big 4 firms or large multinational corporations, bringing the dynamism and best practice of private sector with them.

Good remuneration, career paths and job security

The benefits of working in public and not-for-profit organisations include:

  • An influential voice within the organisation
  • Exciting project work
  • First-class resources, including state-of-the-art systems and technologies


Interesting project work is one of the key draws of a career in these sectors, and as these have finite life cycles you will be able to see the fruits of your labour pay off before you move on to the next project.

Of course, another benefit is the knowledge that the work you are carrying out will make a positive contribution, directly or indirectly, to wider society. This, coupled with a proactive, supportive and comprehensive approach to training and learning, means careers in the public and not-for-profit sectors offer plenty of opportunities to develop transferable skills in a highly rewarding environment.

To talk to a consultant about your career in the public and not-for-profit sectors, please get in touch with your local recruitment expert.

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