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South Somerset is a Council that is ambitious for its communities. Despite the challenges public services face, the Council is determined not to let this impact on its commitment to improve the lives of residents and develop a vibrant economy. We have adopted a new, more commercial business model and approach whilst retaining a focus on our core mission, to serve communities and improve quality of life.

As a result, South Somerset provides high quality services to its communities and has an ambitious programme of projects and initiatives across our district. Working for South Somerset presents a great opportunity for career development, to be involved in a wide variety of work, and to be part of an organisation that values initiative and innovation. We offer personal development for people who want to succeed for themselves, the organisation and the communities we serve.

Our location

You will be working in a beautiful rural setting that offers a high quality of life. South Somerset has it all – vibrant market towns and picture postcard villages set against a backdrop of lush rolling hills. South Somerset is a great location to raise families – this is a place where communities are friendly and the pace of life is more relaxed.

Transport links are good with regular direct trains to London (2.5 hrs from Yeovil or Bruton) and the A303 taking you east towards London or south towards Cornwall. If you’re in need of a culture fix we even have a world leading contemporary art gallery – Hauser and Wirth. They not only have galleries in London, Los Angeles, New York and Zurich they also boast an incredible location in Bruton.

The bustling cities of Bristol, Bath and Exeter are all only an hour away.

Iconic coastline? No problem! The Jurassic Coast is only a short drive away, you can experience the awe inspiring cliffs of West Bay (or Broadchurch as it was named on ITV!), or why not spend a day on the soft golden sands offered in Weymouth.

Don’t just take our word for how great it is to live in South Somerset, have a look at the videos to see what you’re missing.

South Somerset’s population of around 165k is one of the largest in the South West.  Covering an area of 370 square miles South Somerset has both rural areas, vibrant towns and a network of market towns. South Somerset District Council serves approximately 72k households across 121 parishes.

We have a long history of successful economic vitality, with agriculture and manufacturing at our core.  Traditionally well known for glove, lace and rope making, South Somerset has embraced new technologies to produce agricultural machines, engines and more recently we have been at the forefront of the aerospace industry.  Today there are many hi-tech businesses which, together with our agriculture, manufacturing and service industries, contribute to a balanced economy that builds wealth and generates jobs.

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