Civil Service administrator: job description

Civil Service administrator: job description

Civil Service administrators make up a significant amount of government staff. They are responsible for most of the day-to-day management of the country.
The Civil Service currently consists of approximately 420,000 civil servants.

What does a civil service administrator do? Typical employers | Qualifications and training | Key skills

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
  • research
  • 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.

Typical employers of civil service administrators

  • Government departments
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Diplomatic service
  • Local and regional government.

Qualifications and training required

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.

Key skills for civil service administrators

  • logical
  • creative
  • confident
  • decisive
  • possess a mature attitude
  • effective interpersonal skills.
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