Job group: Chief executives and senior officials

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.

How this information can help you

If you know what is happening in the labour market, it can help you to make realistic decisions about:

  • what you want to do in your career
  • what industry you want to work in
  • how much you need to earn
  • where you want to work
  • qualifications and training you’ll need to do your job

The information on this page will give you the facts you need to help you make those decisions.

Source: LMI for all. Read more about our information sources.

This information is based on past employment trends. It may not reflect up-to-date information about the job market, particularly the impact of Covid-19. This information can help you make a career decision but should not be your only reason for making a career choice.

You can speak to a careers adviser for more information.

Future job growth

This information tells you whether jobs in a sector are likely to go up or down in the future.

+7.7%Job growth

Top industries in this job group

Find out which sectors or industries are the biggest employers of the job you are interested in. This can help you look for vacancies in the right places.

Industries Employment
Computer programming, etc 7,685
Head offices, etc 7,277
Auxiliary  services 6,890
Financial services 5,096
Legal & accounting 5,056
Education 3,898
Other professional 3,218
Real estate 3,055
Health 2,972
Travel, etc 2,961

Employment by region

See which areas of the country have the most opportunities for the job you want to do. It can help you weigh up whether you're likely to get a job near home or if you could improve your chances by moving or travelling to another area.

Region Employment
East Midlands (England) 4,479
East of England 7,742
London 23,928
North East (England) 1,424
North West (England) 6,309
South East (England) 14,538
South West (England) 6,532
West Midlands (England) 5,200
Yorkshire and the Humber 4,769

Qualification level

Explore the typical qualification level held by people in this job group. This can help you to see what sorts of skills and training you might need.

Level 6

The majority of people employed in this role will hold a BA/BSc degree with honours, degree apprenticeship, graduate diploma or level 6 NVQ.

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