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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.
There are currently 479,000 civil servants working full time and 515,000 in total.

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 16% 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 £200,000 for senior figures. The majority of roles are on a 9 AM-5 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

Entry to the graduate fast stream programme is typically between the months of September and November. You will need to have, or be predicted 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 you need to have, or be predicted a 2.1 in Economics.

Key skills for civil service administrators

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