UNISON careers

Working at UNISON

Unison 17 Image 15UNISON is the UK’s biggest public service trade union. It represents 1.3 million members who deliver essential services to the public. These are services that protect, enrich and change lives. Its members work in all areas of public service.

As a trade union, UNISON represents and supports its members in issues at work. It looks after their welfare and campaigns for changes on their behalf. UNISON also has a role in local and national negotiations and in collective bargaining. This is where UNISON negotiates with employers and groups of employers for all its members collectively.

One of its key roles is in campaigning on behalf of members. This could be for changes that will benefit members such as better wages or working conditions or against policies that threaten members’ jobs. UNISON therefore campaigns against government spending cuts that will have a negative impact on public services and those employed in this sector. Public sector cuts planned by the coalition government in 2012 would mean more than 730,000 public service job cuts.

UNISON employs 1,200 staff, approximately 370 at the UNISON Centre in London and the remainder in our 12 regions across the UK, including Northern Ireland.

Unison 17 Image 11Contact
Organisation name: UNISON
Address: UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY
Tel: 0845 355 0845

GCSE/ 'A' level/ Standard Grade/ Highers

UNISON offers a wide range of opportunities across the organisation, from people who have the potential to be trade union organisers who work in our regions, supporting branch activists in recruiting, developing and representing UNISON members, to the many career options available in our national UNISON Centre. These range from admin and support roles to the highly-skilled negotiators who set national bargaining policies and standards, legal advisors, policy and campaigns specialists and IT or communications staff. Qualifications will vary depending on the role.

Benefits: • 32 days annual leave plus 11 public and extra statutory holidays • UNISON staff pension scheme • Relocation expenses (where applicable) • Car (where needed for the post) • Interest-free season ticket loan • Cycle-to-work scheme • Time off for public duties • Full training and development support • Parental/carers leave • Maternity leave • Adoption leave • Job share scheme • Childcare allowance/childcare voucher scheme • Employee assistance programme • Occupational health scheme.


UNISON is currently developing an apprenticeship scheme in administration and campaigning.

Graduate & Post-graduate training programme

UNISON is a supporter of lifelong learning and encourages all staff to undertake study that will help them develop in their jobs and their careers. The Learning Support Scheme is a programme of support for staff who wish to undertake a course of study to enable them to gain further qualifications e.g. graduate degrees, post-graduate and professional qualifications.

Work placements with combined qualifications

Not offered at present.