Tag Archives: London

Work for the Royal Family – Friday’s Featured Vacancy 06/06/2014


Secretariat Assistant with the Royal Household

Buckingham Palace, London

You will:

  • assist with the review of material under FOI and related information access regimes
  • monitor UK and Commonwealth media coverage
  • manage the team’s administrative processes, including filing and leave charts
  • undertake and present small-scale research and analysis as required to assist programme planning and other organisational activities and projects
  • liaise with Government Departments, public authorities and a wide range of internal stakeholders

The Rewards:

If successful, you can look forward to a comprehensive rewards package and a range of options to support your continuous professional development.

Apply online at http://www.royal.gov.uk/recruitment

Find more vacancies on the UoC JobShop at http://cumbria.prospects.ac.uk 

Where Do Graduates Go?

“What Do Graduates Do” (see recent post) also contains a breakdown of the likely areas of the UK in which graduates are likely to find their first job, with some interesting analysis according to job sector.

Unsurprisingly, just over a third of all graduates ended up working in South East England and 21% went to jobs in London, although many were concentrated in the City of London and Westminster, a very small geographic area, whereas under 7% took up jobs in North East England and Northern Ireland.

But a look at destinations broken down by career sector showed up some other happy hunting grounds for graduates looking for jobs outside the centre of London:

  • Marketing graduates also found work in the London Borough of Camden, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire and Manchester.
  • Science graduates were most likely to start work in Oxfordshire or Cambridgeshire but Merseyside, Surrey, Norfolk and Aberdeen (also the main centre for oil and gas engineering) were popular destinations.
  • Outside London, Surrey, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Belfast and Tyne and Wear took on IT graduates in considerable numbers.
  • Similarly, graduates in Art and Design subjects also found opportunities in Merseyside, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Manchester, Kent, Glasgow and Edfinburgh.
Of course, many career areas (e.g. retail management, energy, public sector jobs) offer a wider geographic spread of opportunities but the overall message is that graduates in less affluent parts of the country will struggle to find graduate jobs locally – and of course none of the areas mentioned fall within Cumbria or North Lancashire.
Incidentally, you can find an online version of “What Do Graduates Do?” 2012 on the HECSU website

Public Finance – Drop in Recruitment

Unsurprisingly, public bodies are recruiting less Accountancy trainees due to the recession and economic difficulties. The work of the Audit Commission has also declined, resulting in a drop in numbers of graduates being taken on. Some private sector firms have taken on public sector work but overall recruitment numbers are down.

A few local councils have set up in joint schemes to recruit graduates. The Society of London Treasurers run a graduate scheme which aims to recruit 25 graduates to work in a number of boroughs across London. Professional body CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) is now working with other regions to look at similar schemes it can work with to deliver the qualification particularly in the Midlands and Wales.

Graduates looking for a career in Public Finance Accountancy need to offer at least a 2.1 degree or an alternative qualification in the accountancy field.


Should I Move to London?

Careers Advisers often advise clients to increase their chances of getting a job by being prepared to work away from home and since Dick Whittington, there has been a long tradition of hopefuls from the North treading the golden pavements of London to ‘seek their fortune’.

But does it pay off?

Recent research by “Graduate Market Trends” (Winter 2011/12 edition) analyses regional trends in graduate employment since the recession to come up with some interesting contrasts between employment patterns in London and elswhere.  What it broadly shows is the following:

  • In certain key sectors, the London area dominates the UK employment scene so that over 50% of 2009 – 10 graduates working in some fields of work are based there.  In broad terms, London is a mecca for media careers (including editing), fashion and clothing design, finance, management consultancy and politics.
  • On the other hand there are some industries, notably Engineering, where opportunities are just as available elsewhere.
  • Although London has the highest number of graduate employers in the country, the rate of unemployment for London HE institutions is actually HIGHER than in other parts of the country.
  • The reverse of this paradox is shown in Scotland – although Scotland is the only part of the country to show a decrease in graduate employment since 2007, the unemployment rate for Scottish HE institutions in the lowest in the UK.
  • At 74% levels of private sector employment are considerably higher in London.  Elsewhere percentages of public sector employment  levels are a good deal higher*.  Additionally, only half of graduates in private sector employment outside London were considered to be in graduate level employment, whereas the figure for London was 67%.
  • It is therefore interesting to reflect that ongoing public sector cutbacks are likely to have a more profound negative effect on unemployment in areas outwith London.

Hopefully this gives some feel of whether it is worth packing your bags heading for the ‘big smoke’.   The next stage is to decide how you feel about issues like higher living expenses, commuting, lifestyle…

* N.b. however this does not mean there are fewer health and education sector vacancies in London than Lancashire and Cumbria – the reverse is likely to be true! (Ed.)

Getting Teaching Jobs in London

As ever Primary teaching jobs are in short supply in the North of England, so I have been asking an old school friend who teaches in South London a few questions about the job market for Teachers in the London area.

It went something like this:

Q: Which are the authorities that are most likely to have vacancies? The ones we are aware of are Newham, Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, Waltham Forest, Lewisham, and Luton.

A: The ones you suggest are still the best bet as they are tough areas not as able to attract teaching applications as some others. You could add Greenwich to the list. They they tend to put their hands up for every initiative going which means lots of extra work – that’s why they have so many vacancies.

Q: What’s the situation like generally?

A: Jobs seem to be drying up at the moment. One problem is that a lot of overseas teachers were brought over when vacancies were hard to fill and now that the job market has changed people are tending to stay put.

Teacher recruitment agencies are another way forward. Some NQTs are taking Teaching or LS Assistant posts in order to get a toe in the doorway and the agencies also cover these. However, as you know, living cost are very high in London.

Q: Don’t you have things like the key worker scheme to help with accommodation costs?

A: There are key worker schemes but I don’t know how long you have to be employed to get a place. One chap in my school got a council flat in a decent block but he was working for the school for at least a year before he moved in. I know he was offered a couple of pretty ghastly places first of all but he made a fuss until he got what he wanted.

Q: Which agencies are worth trying?

A: My school mainly uses Protocol and Select.

Have you any insights on getting jobs in London you’d like to pass on? Why not add a comment below?

Creative Industries To Buck the Trend?

Careers staff at the University of the Arts, London have noted that in spite of all the bad news on the graduate jobs market, they have had a 30% rise in vacancies notified to their Creative Opportunities vacancy website.

Apparently employers are starting to favour recruiting new graduates (or interns instead of graduates) in place of those with more experience.

They markedly favour word of mouth sources of recruitment and many are turning to social networking sites like Facebook and Linked In to find recruits.