Headlines: November 1st, 2012

Public sector industries are some of the best in Britain when it comes to a healthy work-life balance, according to a new poll of graduates.

Confidential career review site ThejobCrowd.com asked 3000 graduates in their first three years of employment to score their company on a range of criteria including responsibility, progression opportunities, colleague interaction, training, work-life balance and benefits.

Public sector industries came second overall for work-life balance and also scored particularly highly for colleague interaction, responsibility and role enjoyment.

The results paint an upbeat image of public sector work and should tempt more university leavers into exploring careers in this sector in future.

Network Rail topped the list for the industry with Tube Lines coming a close second and Transport for London third.

Science and Technology Facilities Council, Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory, Civil Service Fast Stream and the Bank of England were also included in the list of the top 100 graduate employers.

The vast majority of those polled (79%) said they would definitely choose to do the role again – which reflects extremely positively on their employers.

A graduate on the Civil Service Fast Stream commented: “We’re given flexible working hours meaning you can get your work done when you’re at your most productive. There’s a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, my colleagues are great and I’ve already been given lots of training and development opportunities.”

All the data was collected from people actually doing the roles. The information was collected anonymously and the respondents gave a warts and all assessment of their employer and their role.