Why work in local government
People are drawn to local government work for a variety of reasons. For many, it's about personal job satisfaction - working to make your community a better place can be an extremely rewarding experience. Others find the variety of work appealing. In small communities in particular, it's not uncommon for people to wear multiple hats.
Another reason why people are drawn to local government is job security. While it's true that no job is ever 100% secure, local government jobs are often less susceptible to economic downturns relative to other segments of the workforce. This makes sense, when you consider the nature of most local government services. Whether the economy is good or bad, roads will always need to be maintained. Water will always need to flow through your taps. Fires will always need to be fought.
Consider as well that local government employers can offer:
- Competitive pay.
- Varied work schedules (Full-time; part-time; temporary; seasonal; on-call).
- Continuous professional learning and development opportunities
- Generous vacation allowances.
- Wellness programs.
- Pension and saving plans.
- Comprehensive health and dental benefits.
Are all local government employers the same? No. Local governments, like the people who live and work in each community, are extraordinarily diverse. The rewards can vary significantly from place to place.
Make no mistake, though. The employment opportunities are there. In British Columbia alone, we estimate that 15% of the local government workforce will retire between 2009 and 2015. That equals over 6,000 jobs. Across Canada, thousands more will be available. Maybe one will be yours.