Don’t dismiss the public sector
We often have candidates who approach us with the view, whatever the role the public sector is not for them. At ISL we believe you need to look beyond the old fashioned image of the public sector and look at a vacancy in detail. You may be surprised by some of the new roles coming up. One area attracting attention right now is public sector procurement.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, spoke at the House of Commons Liaison Select Committee and raised his concern over the ability of the civil service in the area of contract management. The procurement issues causing the most concern were the West Coast Mainline rail contract, offender tagging contracts and the Carrier Strike aircraft carrier programme. “I think there are skills shortages in the civil service that have to be addressed,” Mr Cameron said. “There are examples of good contracting and bad contracting. I think the more general point is that the civil service needs to have more expertise across the piece on this. That is being done.”
Another area under attack was IT contracting. Government have learnt some lessons and now break projects down into smaller projects and are prepared to work with small to medium sized organisations.
The public sector recognises the need for procurement experts. From a candidate perspective there may be some wading through red tape, but the up side is interesting and often large contracts working with millions of pounds. A public sector role in procurement can be a fast track CV builder.
If you are interested in a career in the public sector please get in touch. We regularly work with candidates and will be able to advise you on how to get the job you are looking for.
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