This unit group includes those who head large enterprises and organisations. They plan, direct and co-ordinate, with directors and managers, the resources necessary for the various functions and specialist activities of these enterprises and organisations. The chief executives of hospitals will be classified in this unit group. Senior officials in national government direct the operations of government departments. Senior officials in local government participate in the implementation of local government policies and ensure that legal, statutory and other provisions concerning the running of a local authority are observed. Senior officials of special interest organisations ensure that legal, statutory and other regulations concerning the running of trade associations, employers’ associations, learned societies, trades unions, charitable organisations and similar bodies are observed. Chief executives and senior officials also act as representatives of the organisations concerned for the purposes of high level consultation and negotiation.


  • Directs or undertakes the preparation, publication and dissemination of reports and other information of interest to members and other interested parties.
  • Stimulates public interest by providing publicity, giving lectures and interviews and organising appeals for a variety of causes.
  • Studies and acts upon any legislation that may affect the local authority.
  • Negotiates and monitors contracted out services provided to the local authority by the private sector.
  • Evaluates government/local authority departmental activities, discusses problems with government/local authority officials and administrators and formulates departmental policy.
  • Plans and controls the allocation of resources and the selection of senior staff.
  • Prepares, or arranges for the preparation of, reports, budgets, forecasts or other information.
  • Consults with subordinates to formulate, implement and review company/organisation policy, authorises funding for policy implementation programmes and institutes reporting, auditing and control systems.
  • Analyses economic, social, legal and other data, and plans, formulates and directs at strategic level the operation of a company or organisation.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 38% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for is £67,787

2,039 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 2,039. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £67,787 per year. That is about £5,649 per month or £34.76 per hour. New workers generally start on £32,718, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £155,272

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 2,039 people are employed in the region.

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