We've pointed this out in the past, but with the banking jobs market in a very prolonged period of near total inactivity, it seems worth pointing out again - there are jobs in the public sector. And they pay.
A quick trawl of this and other websites reveals a whole host of six figure or near six figure opportunities which may come equipped with cast iron pensions and the possibility of leaving work at 6pm.
A small sample:
· A job working at the Tenant Services Authority, a new regulator for affordable housing. You will be 'Assistant Director of Market Intelligence,' and must have experience of 'developing market reviews' and 'market mapping.' Pay=up to 95k.
· A job working for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs as a project manager on financial regulation. You must have a 'proven track record in translating policy and business process requirements in to deliverable solution options, demonstrating very good attention to detail of all policy, process and technical design aspects whilst maintaining a strategic end to end perspective.' Pay=500 a day.
· A job working for the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority as a 'volumes analyst,' in which you will be 'Working closely with the design and implementation and funding teams to support their work through the provision of appropriate statistical information. Pay=unspecified, but they are asking for a first class degree in a numerate subject, which suggests they have high standards.
· A job working for the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform as director general, finance and operations. You will will oversee a budget of 1.4bn, and have, excellent financial and influencing skills and the ability to command respect within the department and across Whitehall. Pay=140k
We also asked public sector search consultants whether there's really much enthusiasm for the CVs of former front office bankers. Neville Wilkinson at recruitment company Rockpools said there's not much: "There's often a degree of skepticism about why these people suddenly want to go into the public sector. At a high level, people are expected to really passionate about it."
Katy Higgins at recruitment firm Veredus was altogether more positive. "Over the past few years there's been a trend for government to look beyond the public sector for some jobs, like analysis roles," she said, encouragingly.