JOB SEARCH / JUL. 16, 2013
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Public versus Private Company Jobs

The primary difference between public and private sector jobs is that public sector jobs are generally within a government agency whilst private sector jobs are those where employees are working for non-governmental agencies. This includes jobs within individual businesses as well as within other types of company organization.

If you are looking for employment but are not sure whether you seek to work within the public or private sector, then the following guide will provide you with some useful tips and advice on the different types of jobs available within each sector:

Examples of public sector employment areas:

·         Health & care
·         Teaching
·         Emergency services
·         Armed forces
·         Civil service
·         Local council

There are a number of advantages to working in the public sector, including job stability (due to various ‘right to work’ provisions), as well as the various benefits packages available. These include excellent retirement benefits as well as favorable insurance policies.

Further to the above, once you have been granted employment within the public sector, it is relatively easy to move from one public sector position to another whilst still retaining the same benefits, holiday entitlements and sick pay as you did in your previous role.

Examples of private sector employment areas:

·         Financial services
·         Law firms
·         Estate agents
·         Newspapers or magazines
·         Veterinarians
·         Aviation
·         Hospitality

The benefits of working in the private sector traditionally outweigh the benefits of working in the public sector. Private sector employment allows greater fluidity if moving from one job to another. Further still, for those individuals remaining within the same company, it is far easier to quickly move up within a company, as these decisions are made within the company rather than being based on central rules and regulations as stipulated by the government.


In addition to the above, individuals employed within the public sector will find a greater degree of flexibility when obtaining a pay rise, with companies in a position to be able to offer regular pay rises if an employee sufficiently fulfils his or her obligations. 

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