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Does anyone work for the council? What is it like? How do you get in?

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mumznet Mon 23-Jan-17 22:09:37

please share your experiences of a council Job. Thanks

dancemom Mon 23-Jan-17 22:15:24

I work for my city council.

Have done for over 10 years.

I saw the post advertised, applied and got it. The "jobs for the boys" thing is either a long ago practice or just a myth.

Pay rubbish but job security and good terms and conditions at least.

mumznet Thu 26-Jan-17 11:32:15

what do you do dancemom? is it an admin job?

dancemom Sat 28-Jan-17 09:38:57

I work in Finance.

pissflaps45 Sat 28-Jan-17 09:49:40

I've worked for the council for 20 years. There are more cuts this year and a lot of staff being made redundant. Its not a secure place to work any more. Still worth a look though. A lot of posts advertised are fixed term now.

mumznet Sat 28-Jan-17 11:06:25

thank you everyone.

how do you get in I mean what are the interviews like?

thanks

FruitBadger Sat 28-Jan-17 11:12:05

I work for a Local Authority.

There's relatively little external recruitment now, all vacancies have to be advertised internally first and / or reserved for those who are deemed at risk of redundancy. External recruitment is only automatically approved for key roles, such as Children's Social Workers.

In terms of interviews (and application forms) the public sector is very formulaic. There will be key phrases and words used in the job profile or questions you're asked, try to reflect those phrases back and use them in your answers. It really is literally a case of ticking boxes and adding up who scored the most points.

OutandIn Sat 28-Jan-17 11:13:27

Dont work for one but know someone who does.

Interviews will most likely be competency based - lots of advice on how to answer these type of questions online (and use of STAR answers)

Many jobs are only ever recruited for internally due to the current reduction in staff numbers going on. They will always try and fill roles internally first before seeking approval to go external.

One way in is as an agency staff member (try find out what agencies they use) often agency staff can apply for internal jobs.

OutandIn Sat 28-Jan-17 11:15:55

PP is correct - your responses to the questions will be scored, say 1-5, added up and the person with the highest score should be offered the job.

mumznet Sat 28-Jan-17 11:27:12

when I last looked online there were numerous jobs for the council
in particular non-teaching roles?

however, I have been hesitant to apply because I heard that the council does advertise jobs externally only due to adhering to the rules and they already have an internal candidate chose internally who gets the job in the end, is this true?

mumznet Sat 28-Jan-17 11:28:01

i meant they already have an internal candidate selected for the job and they only interview because of the rules/policies.

ExplodedCloud Sat 28-Jan-17 11:30:30

No they usually only advertise externally after internal recruitment has not yielded a candidate.

mumznet Sat 28-Jan-17 11:30:46

fruit badger....when you say keywords do you mean something like....
'adheres to work policies' and then in my answer I need to use this and say 'I made sure staff are aware of work policies when dealing with abusive behaviour??

thanks

Lilaclily Sat 28-Jan-17 11:32:58

It's a wide area though op

Local authority jobs cover care work , bin men often, library staff, admin roles etc etc

Do you know what area you are interested in ?

FruitBadger Sat 28-Jan-17 11:35:19

Pretty much, yes. Make sure you always follow it up with an example too.

Alonglongway Sat 28-Jan-17 11:36:29

I work for local authority - have done for 15 years and would still recommend council as a good employer.

We are real when we advertise - we do internal only first for certain jobs and then go out. I have a job out for ad at the moment and there may be a few internal candidates but they won't get preference - we take the fairness very seriously

mumznet Sat 28-Jan-17 11:38:56

i am starting work for civil service job in admin but fixed term so thats why looking at my options...

would you guys say if you compare the two which is better? or is it silly to compare the two?? (civil sercive and city council jobs?)

Busybrie Sat 28-Jan-17 11:42:47

I work for a Local Authority. It is a good place to work but like the other poster said it is definitely not a job for life any more, with regular restructures and job evaluations. Most councils have a jobs page on their website and the days of getting a job through contacts long gone, although those staff at risk through restructure obviously can apply first; at our LA once that process has been completed then they are advertised externaly.
My interview was competence based with me presenting feedback on a scenario that I was emailed prior to interview.

SillySongsWithLarry Sat 28-Jan-17 12:09:36

I work for the local Council in a finance admin role. Moved from banking. Council is not as lucrative as private sector and there is no scope for bonuses or pay rises beyond your annual increments, but they are a supportive flexible employer and great for fitting around a young children. They are also sponsoring me to study which is good. The council I work for employ through Reed, even for permanent posts.

mumznet Sat 28-Jan-17 12:11:50

than kyou SillsongsWithLarry.
what sort of study is it what level? is it apprenticeship or uni level? thanks

SillySongsWithLarry Sat 28-Jan-17 12:15:11

Right now it's tech level 3 which is A level equivalent. I have the option of going right up to diploma level though which is degree equivalent. It's distance learning though so although it's sponsored it's all in my own time.

pissflaps45 Sat 28-Jan-17 12:16:56

Also the council I work for has frozen the incremental pay rises. We got 1% rise last year. We also have a Xmas shut down which is unpaid and was agreed through the unions. This saved a lot of jobs though. We pay for car parking and mileage claims were slashed. There are 2 electric pool cars and staff are encouraged to use those for going to meetings etc. Nissan have loaned them to us. Good advertising I suppose.

MagdaS Sat 28-Jan-17 12:26:24

I have worked for local authorities for 15 years. I am a recruiting manager and believe me if we are advertising externally it's because we want to see external people. If we have suitable internal candidate I wouldn't use my ever more stretched budget to pay to advertise a post.

It's no longer a job for life but if you're bright and work hard you will do well. It fits in well
with family life too. I don't get flexi time anymore but no one blinks if I pop off to the nativity for example. I'm assessed on my results, not at the hours at my desk.

beanfilledfish Sat 28-Jan-17 12:29:01

the person with the highest score should be offered the job but I've work at the council and know that isn't the case. Jobs for people who know people ime and people once they're in the council rarely leave. It's a dull place to work though

mumznet Sat 28-Jan-17 14:06:24

glad to hear it was just rumours that I heard about council jobs recruitment....
it really put me off applying

beanfilledfish what do you mean by 'dull place to work'? is it because of staff not being friendly etc?

thank you

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