Chartered Accountants in the public sector manage, distribute and invest finances in public services such as health, education, housing, emergency services and local authority services.
They are constantly challenged to reduce expenditure and improve efficiency to ensure value for money.
Accountants working in this field are also in charge of holding government departments to account by monitoring spending.
Working in this sector means that you will be responsible for making sure that public money is being spent properly for the benefit of the nation. And of course, you will be helping local communities and changing people’s lives while leading a successful and satisfying career.
Why work in the public sector?
There are a lot of benefits to working in the public sector, and many choose to develop their career in this area as it affords the opportunity to give something back to society.
If you work in the public sector, you will quickly develop commercial and decision-making skills as you allocate and monitor resources – helping you to see that they are effectively and efficiently employed to give value for money.
Additional benefits, such as a good pension scheme and longer holidays can be a deciding factor when it comes to choosing work in the public sector.