Why work for us?

Join us and make a difference to our communities

As the largest city in central Southern England and a regional centre for employment, retail, education and leisure, Southampton is a really exciting place to be. The third highest ranking city in the UK for good growth and the world’s leading business incubator for UK tech entrepreneurs, it is a city of great opportunity that has a tremendous track record for delivering on its ambition to compete on the world stage.

Great location

Well located with one of the country’s busiest and most successful ports, an airport less than 10 miles away from the city centre and well-connected to other cities by rail and motorway, we are well positioned to do this. The city centre is easy to travel around by foot, bike and public transport and offers a range of retail outlets, restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres, as well as a number of parks and open spaces to enjoy within the city. All of this and the New Forest National Park on its doorstep!

Committed to equality 

Disability Confident Employer logoWe are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and support fair recruitment practices. As part of this commitment we offer an interview to all disabled people who apply for a job at the council and meet the minimum criteria. 

We also offer interviews to all job applicants from the armed forces community who meet the minimum requirements for the vacancy. This is one of the ways we honour the Armed Forces Covenant, having signed both the Community Covenant and the Corporate Covenant.

City of Culture bid

Having just announced our intention to bid for UK City of Culture in 2025 and having made a commitment to become a clean green city through the launch of the Green City Charter, this is a city of opportunity that is really going places.

A recent report by Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) places us in the top three cities in England in terms of growth. Since 2012 over £3billion has been invested in the city, resulting in amazing transformation and cementing our position as the economic powerhouse of the south coast and becoming one of the fastest growing cities in the south of England. Through continued focused investment, new training and job opportunities have been created for the city’s residents to ensure we retain and attract talent.

At Southampton City Council, we believe that people are our greatest asset. We are always looking to attract the best people who want to put their experience to good use by making a real difference to lives of people living and working in the city and visiting it.

If you want to play a significant in role in shaping a successful city take a look at our vacancies