Job vacancies

Sources of job advertisements are numerous, particularly in newspapers and on the internet. Many employers now advertise and make application possible online - a few of our local major employers are listed below. Also, contact Jobcentre Plus and employment agencies in Exeter - many agencies offer permanent as well as temporary positions, full-time, part-time and casual jobs: they do not charge jobseekers for the assistance they provide. 

Speculative approaches to employers are also worthwhile by sending a CV with a covering letter. Because of the increasing emphasis on equal opportunities, employers, particularly the larger ones, may advise that their vacancies will be advertised and you'll need to apply in the normal way but an initial approach is always worth a try.

With 80% of vacancies now being advertised on the internet, download the Guide to Online Job Search produced by Jobcentre Plus.

Click on the links for some information and advice about what to tell an employer about your health situation or if you are worried about a reference from a previous employer and what to do when you get a job


Job vacancy websites (many have a local search facility) - for vacancies in Exeter and throughout Devon. (formerly the official website for all vacancies in the Jobcentre Plus network and for graduate jobs and careers for graduate jobs throughout the UK for internships for graduates  - graduate recruitment bureau for jobs in local government throughout the UK for vacancies in the NHS across the UK - see also NHS below for paid jobs in the voluntary sector


Some local major employers

Devon & Cornwall Constabulary

Devon County Council - also carries vacancies in other local councils and public bodies

Exeter City Council

Met Office

NHS - For vacancies in local NHS Trusts visit and search by employer, location or occupation

South West Water

University of Exeter



Local, regional and national newspapers remain a very good source of job advertisements. The Express & Echo publishes a jobs section on Thursdays. The Western Morning News, the regional newspaper for Devon & Cornwall also carries advertisements. Jobs in both newspapers are available online at


Some of the nationals publish particular types of jobs on particular days and ads are also available online, for example:

The Daily Telegraph

The Guardian

The Independent

The Times


There are also many specialist journals and publications for particular occupational groups, for example:

Nursing Times - for nursing and healthcare jobs in the UK

Times Educational Supplement - for teaching and educational jobs throughout the UK and abroad