Civil Service

About Us

Civil servants do important work. The scale, complexity and impact of the work civil servants do is unrivalled. Whatever you do and wherever you work, a career in the Civil Service is an opportunity to make a difference.

About the Civil Service

The Civil Service delivers public services and supports the government of the day to develop and implement its policies.

The work civil servants do touches all aspects of life in the UK, from education and the environment, to transport and defence.

Civil servants are politically impartial. Together, we ensure the effective running of government and provide the best possible services to the public.

What civil servants do

The scale, complexity and impact of the work civil servants do is unrivalled.

We employ 450,000 people across the country and overseas. Our work is everything from advising ministers on policy, to delivering front line services to the public.

You could be working as a vet, a customer service adviser, a weapons engineer, a marine biologist or a web developer, to name a few.

Whatever you do, and wherever you work, a job in the Civil Service is an opportunity to make a difference.

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Why join the Civil Service?

We pride ourselves on being a great place to work. When you join us you'll become part of an ever evolving and progressive organisation.

We believe that everyone has the potential to make a difference, and we want to ensure that all our staff are equipped with the knowledge and skills to do so.

We're becoming smarter, investing in digital technology to help civil servants do their jobs effectively and better serve the public.

Joining the Civil Service will give you access to exceptional learning and development opportunities and a variety of career paths.

On becoming a civil servant you will have the benefit of:

  • Flexible Working Support - exemplified in the multi-award winning Civil Service Job Share Finder website which supports civil servants to find other colleagues from across government to form job share partnerships to enhance their work-life balance. This website also has a Resource Library of Flexible Working and Job Share advice & guidance materials which is accessible by anyone within the Civil Service and the public domain;
  • The Civil Service Pension Scheme and;
  • Career Development Support - as described in the new Government Skills & Curriculum Unit programme for civil servants launched in September 2020.
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The Civil Service Community

The Brilliant Civil Service Vision is about embracing change and we are continuing to develop a workforce that is representative of the citizens we serve. We’re creating more effective leaders, improved outcomes and a more skilled workforce. And through more diversity and inclusive workplaces, we’re building a great place to work for everyone.

The Civil Service Blogs channel provides further insight into our diverse and inclusive organisational culture.

100 Years of Women in the Civil Service 

In celebration of Women's History Month (March 2021) you can watch this Anniversary Video on the role of women in the Civil Service over the last 100 years (past, present and future). It was created in 2018 to celebrate the centenary of the Act which allowed the first women in the UK to vote for the first time.

Civil Service Local 

Civil Service Local (CS Local) is a cross-departmental team that is part of the Cabinet Office but based in locations around Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Our purpose is to bring together departments and agencies within each locality to deliver actions and opportunities that will bring the vision for a Brilliant Civil Service to life and encourage more of us to be part of it.

Find out more how civil servants can get involved in CS Local work and sign up to the CS Local Blog channel.

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A Portrait Of Chris Murray At Dwp

I'm really passionate about staff wellbeing and the importance of creating a culture where you can be yourself. As a mental health patient and a Mental Health First Aider, I share my story and deliver training and support to civil servants on a daily basis. 

Chris MurrayMental Health First Aid Instructor
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The Civil Service Values

Civil servants are united by shared values and a strong sense of community. The Civil Service is paid for by the taxpayer so it's important that civil servants meet the high standards the public expects.

Integrity: we put the obligations of public service above personal interests

Honesty: we always aim to be truthful and open with each other as well as those we serve and advise

Objectivity: we base advice and decisions on rigorous analysis of the evidence

Impartiality: we are politically neutral and we act solely according to the merits of the case

These values underpin everything we do. Whatever the role, we look for individuals who demonstrate integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality.

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Civil Service Professions

Joining the Civil Service means you become part of a profession, working with like-minded colleagues with similar skills and interests. You’ll also have a range of opportunities to enhance and develop your skill set.

Visit our professions page and find the perfect match for your passion

Civil Service Departments

There are hundreds of departments and agencies that make up the Civil Service. Whatever your passion, there’s a department that will be the perfect match for your knowledge and talents.

Find the right department for you