Tasks can vary massively according to the department and your role within it. Jobs could be anything from embassy staff to a scientific research fellow. Civil servants typically advise and support government officials, and implement their policy decisions. Other jobs could include:
- managing staff
- debating and negotiating ideas
- writing reports
- preparing policy proposals.
While 18% of roles are based in London, a much greater number of jobs are spread throughout the country, and around the world. Salaries can range from around £14,000 up to over £60,000 for senior figures. The majority of roles are on a 9.00 am – 5.00 pm basis, but specialists may be required to keep different hours. Continual professional development and training are important and the Civil Service has its own training college.
- Government departments
- Ministry of Defence
- Diplomatic service
- Local and regional government.
There are routes into a Civil Service career for both university graduates and school leavers.
For graduates there is a fast stream programme, for which the application process typically runs between the months of September and November. You will need to have, or be predicted to have, at least a 2.2 to apply. Specific grades and qualifications may be required for different posts. For example, to join the diplomatic service as an economist a 2.1 in economics is needed.
To find out about how you can get into this career via a school leaver route (eg an apprenticeship or school leaver training programme) see the public sector section of TARGETcareers, our website aimed at school leavers.
- possess a mature attitude
- effective interpersonal skills.