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About

Public service

Prospect represents more than 28,000 members in our public services. They work in specialist roles including science, engineering and procurement across more than 120 organisations.

Prospect members provide our public bodies with the expertise they need to carry out essential work in areas like food safety, ship design, health and safety inspection, prisoner rehabilitation, preservation of manuscripts, animal health – the list is almost endless.

Prospect members help to make the machinery of government work in many different ways – and places. As well as working for mainstream UK civil service departments and agencies, Prospect represents professionals employed in:

  • the devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey and the Isle of Man.
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Like all public servants, our members take pride in their skills and independence from outside influence of any kind. But financial pressures affecting the whole of the public sector are putting professional standards and the terms and conditions of staff under increasing threat.

Your voice at work

Prospect puts the interests of professionals first. We seek to protect standards from the challenge of shrinking resources and our members from the human impacts of change.

We have developed unique expertise at looking after specialists’ interests and we are the recognised union for representing these professionals.

Employers consult us whenever they propose changes to our members’ terms and conditions, or the way their work is carried out.

Through our branch and section structure we can represent members locally with line management or nationally with senior managers and chief executives.

We will be there for you if you have a personal problem – for example, a grievance or health and safety issue.

And if it’s a national issue like the annual pay rise or a redundancy agreement, Prospect’s civil service sector will negotiate directly with the employer on your behalf.

Prospect members help to make the machinery of government work in many different ways – and places. As well as working for mainstream UK civil service departments and agencies, Prospect represents professionals employed in:

  • the devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man
  • arms' length functions of the UK government such as property taxation (Valuation Office Agency), industry regulation (Ofcom), and auditing. The latter has recently undergone major change. In November 2012, the government transferred around 700 auditors employed by the public sector Audit Commission to new private-sector employers and closed down the Commission’s Audit Practice.

Among these bodies are members who serve the democratic institutions of the electorate - most notably in both Houses of the Westminster Parliament but also in Holyrood (Scottish Parliament), the Senedd (National Assembly for Wales), the Tynwald (Isle of Man), and the States of Jersey and Guernsey.

Like all public servants, these members take pride in their skills and independence from outside influence of any kind. But financial pressures affecting the whole of the public sector are putting professional standards and the terms and conditions of staff under increasing threat.

Prospect puts the interests of professionals first. We seek to protect standards from the challenge of shrinking resources and our members from the human impacts of change. Our branches in these bodies have long experience of representing their members and many of them were stand-alone organisations before they joined Prospect.