The Civil Service is undergoing a period of huge change at the moment and the image of stuffy suits enjoying a job for life is as outdated as it is inaccurate.
Despite the expected cut in the number of civil service jobs – ministers expect to see a reduction of more than 100,000 over the next five years as part of a raft of spending cuts – there are still plenty of openings around the country.
The Civil Service helps the government of the day to implement its policies. It is impartial, technically accountable to the reigning monarch and its work touches the lives of everyone in the country whether that’s through education, policing or health.
Being a public servant does not necessarily make you a civil servant. The NHS, the Armed Forces and local authorities employ many people who do not come under the Civil Service.
However, the variety of jobs within the Civil Service is vast. If you’re looking for jobs in London, Whitehall, home of the Civil Service, could well be on your radar but there are opportunities in every town and city around the country too.
In London, ministers are supported by civil servants in 24 ministerial departments including the Prime Minister’s Office in Downing Street and departments of business, sport, communities, education, health etc.
Each government department works with a number of agencies, commissions and public bodies, all employing civil servants. These public bodies can include advisory committees and ombudsmen concentrating on all areas of public life from the CPS to planning and housing to agriculture.
The Civil Service is made up of 25 professions. Each profession has developed its own competency framework, which supports the wider civil service framework.
In any Civil Service department the range of skills and experience required is huge. There are administrators and researchers, finance experts and HR professionals, lawyers, engineers, surveyors and consultants and special advisers
Whatever your particular skills are there is a good chance the Civil Service will need them.
How To Join The Civil Service
There are different routes into the Civil Service. You can search on the Civil Service website by department, category, job type, salary and location.
There is also a ‘fast stream’ programme for graduates; a two-year fast track apprenticeship scheme; student placements; the summer diversity internship programme aimed at talented students of ethnic minority origin and those from under-represented socio-economic backgrounds; the Movement to Work Scheme which offers work experience for unemployed young people.The Civil Service also offers a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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