Public Sector: currently 36 jobs.The latest job was posted on 19 Jan 20.
Jobs in Public Sector
Public sector finance careers range from accountancy to financial management, actuarial jobs, investment consultancy or public sector financial strategy roles.
Finance professionals working in the public sector may work for central government, local government, central banks or government regulatory bodies; they may also work in the civil service.
Public Sector Accountancy Roles
Accountancy is the financial career with the most public sector scope. Accountants ensure that public assets are properly managed, and that targets are met. Since the public sector uses taxpayers' money, a high standard of scrutiny is required, and governments globally are under pressure to become more transparent in their financial arrangements.
Internal auditors, supervisory financial economists, cost accountants, financial accountants and chief finance officers all play an accountancy role in the public sector. Most public sector accountants are expected to have specific qualifications in this field - Singapore, for instance, adopts public sector accounting standards consistent with IPSAS, and accountants require the relevant qualifications to meet these standards.
Who to Work For
As well as working directly for government, public sector accountancy roles can also be found in the Big Four firms and their public sector practices. Private companies also offer opportunities in roles such as investment and non-profit lending, and as providers of public sector financing solutions.
Why Work in the Public Sector?
Public sector financial careers are generally lower paid than in the private sector, but there is perhaps more job security and often clearer career routes.
These roles can be fulfilling in a more complex way too - there is a social responsibility as well as a financial aspect to public sector jobs, and balancing competing requirements can be interesting, motivating and ultimately rewarding.
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