Public affairs


A career in public affairs is likely to mean working in a public affairs consultancy or in-house public affairs team. Typically, work includes political monitoring to foresee public policy which may affect a business, charity or other organisation.  As well as acting responsively to legislation or policy, public affairs professionals will regularly network and engage with policy makers to maintain valuable relationships.

Public affairs consultancies offer services including; monitoring political and policy matters which may create opportunities or problems for their clients, PR services, events management and political risk analysis.  

Public affairs representative bodies

The following websites are good for news, job descriptions, members' directories and vacancies.

Public affairs organisations

  • Adam Smith Institute

    The Adam Smith Institute is Britain’s leading innovator of free-market economic and social policies

  • CBI

    UK business lobbying organisation

  • Citigate Dewe Rogerson

    International communications consultancy specialising in a wide range of industries including healthcare.

  • Fishburn Hedges

    PR consultancy, dealing in public affairs.

  • Grayling

    The second largest independent global Public Relations, Public Affairs, Investor Relations and Events consultancy in the world A global communications network that delivers data-driven strategies for Public Relations, Government Affairs, Investor Relations and Event Management

  • Ketchum Pleon

    Leading European PR and communications consultancy.

  • Lexington Communications

    Offer graduates short internships The UK’s leading independent public affairs and communications agency.

  • LOGOS Public Affairs

    Brussels based public affairs consultancy.

  • MHP Communications

    London based PR and communications consultancy specialising in CSR, corporate relations, Brand PR and public affairs.

  • OPML - Oxford Policy Management

    OPM enables strategic decision-makers to identify and implement sustainable solutions for reducing social and economic disadvantage by providing a combination of analysis and practical experience.

  • PubAffairs - Public Affairs Consultancies

    Consulting organisations involved in government relations, policy & communications

  • Public Relations Consultants Association

    Represents many PR consultants in the UK, contains members directory

  • SourceWatch - Think tanks

    Definition and history of think tanks - includes excellent list of American, UK, European and Australian think tanks and public affairs organisations

  • Transparency International

    Global network including more than 90 locally established national chapters and chapters-in-formation. These bodies fight bring together relevant players from government, civil society, business and the media to promote transparency in elections, in publi Works together with governments, businesses and citizens to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals

  • Weber Shadwick : Public Affairs

    The UK's leading multi-specialist PR agency

Research, information and publications

Jobs and recruitment agencies


    Jobs in Brussels, EU institutions and International Organisations Launched in 2001, has established itself as a leading jobsite in Brussels in the business of European affairs and international relations. It has more than 900,000 page views and 80,000 unique visitors per month, and 50,000 subscribers to

  • jobsgopublic

    Search a wide range of vacancies in the public and not for profit sectors

  • Major Players

    A leading marketing and creative industries recruitment agency specialising in PR, Marketing and Advertising, which has been operating for over 15 years.

  • Public Affairs Networking

    Public affairs jobs and news Public affairs jobs, news and resources

  • Public Affairs News

    Public affairs news and jobs from the UK and EU

  • Public Relations Consultants Association

    Represents many PR consultants in the UK, contains members directory

Useful Information

Job roles

As an entrant to the sector you can expect to be involved in research, monitoring and responding to requests, report writing and quickly being involved in the client facing aspect of the work. Most public affairs consultancies will recruit graduates each year and will offer good career progression within the business.

Another career path includes being placed with the in-house public affairs team through a company’s wider graduate recruitment scheme. Think tanks, charities, MPs and campaign groups will often take on graduates in research and policy roles which provide an excellent first step up the public affairs career ladder.

The following links provide descriptions of the job roles within public affairs and include job searching tips, salary, entry requirements, training, working conditions and job hunting information.