Apply for jobs in local government in Scotland

With the economy in turmoil, many people regard jobs in local government as a relatively safe haven. In Scotland the Government has expressed a commitment to no involuntary redundancies in the public sector. Whether this pledge can survive any further downturn in budgets and stability remains to be seen, but at present Scotland's local government jobs are relatively secure.

Local government appointments are advertised on the myjobscotland.gov.uk site, with different sections for each local authority. The site allows you to open a job search account where you can specify your areas of interest, the types of job you are looking for, and  register for email alerts when new vacancies are advertised.

The major public sector employers in local government are Scotland's two largest cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The City of Edinburgh Council employs over 20,000 people in roles ranging from refuse collection to art galleries, parks to planning, and schools to social care.

Glasgow City Council is Scotland’s largest local authority with 24,000 employees and an annual budget of more than £2.4 billion. In addition 12,000 staff work for organisations contracted to the council. Services include education, leisure and cultural activities, community safety, roads maintenance, cleaning and refuse collection.

The local government job site is your first port of call for new vacancies, but other employment websites also feature openings for jobs in local government. Check s1jobs.com, jobsinscotland.com and governmentjobsdirect.co.uk regularly for new openings, and register on the sites for updates and email alerts.

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