Working for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

We promote the UK's interests overseas, supporting our citizens and businesses around the globe.

Local Knowledge, National Interest, Global Reach

Working at the Foreign Office gives you a unique opportunity to make a real difference in the world. Both here in London and 274 offices overseas, we build a more secure and prosperous world, for the benefit of both the UK and the greater global good.

Our staff are talented and dedicated, working on the most pressing and high-profile global issues, including instability in the Middle East and North Africa and the plight of the Rohingya in Burma. Working with us can be challenging, but is exciting and rewarding.

Four Team Members at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Roughly a third of our workforce is made up of UK-based British civil servants whose careers typically include work in the UK and postings overseas; and around two thirds are employed locally by a British Diplomatic mission overseas (such as Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate).

We aim to recruit a diverse workforce - talented people, capable of delivering to a high standard, often under pressure and sometimes in challenging environments. We also offer maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.  

A Portrait of Stephanie Kouloumanou at the Foreign And Commonwealth Office

Joining the Civil Service apprenticeship scheme is a great path to joining the FCO. I’ve had the opportunity to work on some exciting projects such as the Chevening Scholarship Programme, and have met some amazing people from around the world.

Stephanie KouloumanouApprentice
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Rapid Deployment in Team St Maarten

Last year we provided support to over 22,000 British people abroad


We supported half a million British people affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria


We support the department responsible for negotiating and managing our exit from the European Union

A Portrait of Cal Westaway at the Foreign And Commonwealth Office

The FCO has offered me loads of interesting opportunities on top of my core duties. I would strongly encourage anyone with an interest in the UK’s role within an increasingly complex international context to join the FCO.

Cal WestawayGraduate Intern

We have a strong learning and development culture. Through our Diplomatic Academy learning facility and Language Training Centre, we ensure our employees have the knowledge and expertise to represent the UK.


Diplomacy across the globe

Our vision is to build a truly Global Britain, one which is outward-looking and confident on the world stage. We want to hire passionate people to join our brilliant teams here in the UK and across the world. You’ll gain unique experience and make a difference to real world issues.

A Presentation on Plastic Pollution at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Beating Plastic Pollution: A View From Nigeria

The British High Commission in Abuja is stepping up its efforts to become greener, and to help Nigeria become greener, too.

Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises Participant Discussion

Educating Girls Around the World

One in three young people live in the Commonwealth. Education is the key to their future.

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