Principal Employment & Skills Officer


Haringey Council - Alexandra House

Closing Date:

05 Feb 2023

Job description

Contract Terms

Salary: (PO6) £48,867 – £51,903

Location: Haringey, North London

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 36 hours per week  

Closing Date: Sunday 5th February 2023

Interviews: W/C 20th February 2023

About Haringey

Haringey Council is one of 32 in London. Haringey is an extremely diverse borough and the Council has set clear ambitious objectives through its borough plan to make Haringey a better place to live, encourage investment and create opportunities that all can share. Haringey’s vision for the future is one of sustainable growth, in housing and jobs and on helping our residents and businesses take advantage of that growth.


We have got huge ambitions for Haringey. As the shape of local government continues to change, we are determined to rise to the challenge and find new ways to ensure that our residents enjoy the best opportunities in life. Working at Haringey gives you the opportunity to play a part in meeting those ambitions on behalf of everyone who calls the borough their home.

About the role

The Principal Employment and Skills Officer will have a key role in supporting and delivering the borough’s work on employment and skills in line with the Employment and Skills Recovery Action Plan and the emerging Inclusive Economy Strategy.  The focus will be on improving employment outcomes for those facing the greatest barriers and will include improving employment related support for those at risk of the poorest health outcomes including, and not limited to, people with learning disabilities and autism, physical disabilities, and mental health issues. Working with partner organisations across employment and health, the role will help build a co-ordinated response to overcome barriers to work faced by people with disabilities and health issues. 

The role will also focus on a co-ordinated approach to promoting career opportunities within Health and Social Care sector and increasing recruitment of Haringey residents into career pathways within the sector. 


The Principal Employment and Skills Officer is part of the Employment and Skills Team and the Employment and Socio Economic Regeneration service.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Become the Council’s internal expert on employment and skills policy in the borough with a specific focus on areas where health and work intersect including social care legislation and on Health as a growth employment sector.
  • To support the delivery of the Good Economy employment and skills action plan and any subsequent strategy.
  • Working with Partners to develop a co-ordinated multi agency response to unemployment for people with barriers to work, including health and disabilities.
  • To support opportunities for employment in the health and social care sector, working closely with the Mayor’s Health and Social Care Academy, and other health and social care workforce partnerships
  • To take responsibility for developing, commissioning and contract managing any related services.
  • To develop and lead on monitoring and reporting employment and skills related performance against the relevant objectives.
  • To lead on developing and writing, in a collaborative manner, employment and skills related policy papers.
  • To keep abreast of developing employment and skills policies and direction of travel at regional and national level.

About you

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who is self-reliant and flexible in their approach. You will have wide experience of working in the employment and skills environment with proven understanding of the barriers people face to accessing work, including those with health conditions and a sound knowledge of early interventions and models for supporting and overcoming such barriers, as well as an understanding and knowledge of the policy and strategic employment and skills landscape. 

Working for Haringey

At Haringey Council we are committed to creating a workplace culture where all our people feel valued, included, and able to be their best at work, and we recognise the benefits of a diverse workforce so welcome applications from all ethnicities and communities so that we continue to make a difference to our residents and community. 

Our benefits package includes a leave entitlement of 30 days + bank holidays, potential hybrid working opportunities, health and wellbeing support, a generous local government pension scheme and a range of discount schemes across leisure and culture that provide both financial and money-saving discounts.


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