What is public sector accounting?

The public sector includes local and central government, charities and not-for-profit organisations. Examples include The National Audit Office, NHS and Department of Work and Pensions.

Generally graduates entering public sector accounting study for the CIPFA qualification.

As well as training and working directly in the public sector, there are many opportunities with professional services firms to work within specialist public services practices, advising client organisations in the public sector.

Why work in the public sector?

If you work in the public sector, you will quickly develop commercial and decision-making skills as you allocate and monitor resources – helping to see that they’re efficiently and effectively employed to give value for money.

Many graduates look towards the public sector to develop their career because it provides the opportunity to give something back to society.

Working in the public sector can also provide a better work/life balance than in public practice or industry. Additional benefits, such as good pension schemes and longer holidays can make up for the lower pay packets that public sector accountants take home in comparison to their private sector contemporaries.

As well as training and working directly in the public sector, there are many opportunities with professional services firms to work within specialist public services practices, advising client organisations in the public sector.

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