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The Civil Service delivers government policies and services. It is a multimillion pound business and one of the UK's largest employers, employing around half a million civil servants in over 150 different departments and agencies based in Whitehall, London and in your local area.

Which kinds of career areas can I work in?

Civil servants deal with a wide range of issues that affect everyone in the UK. They work in all kinds of career areas from giving advice about benefits, to carrying out scientific research or dealing with the press, and working with government ministers.

There are many different working environments including offices, airports, over-the-counter service centres, courts, farms and laboratories. Also, some civil servants are based overseas.

What are the working conditions like?

Typically, civil servants work about 36/37 hours a week. There is often a flexi-time system, but some work shifts or overtime. There are also chances to job share, work part-time and take career breaks.

What entry levels are there?

You can enter the Civil Service at every level. You can join direct from school, college or university, or after gaining experience in a career. Each department and agency sets its own entry requirements for all of its jobs but they follow a general pattern. With no formal qualifications you will probably join the Civil Service at the administrative and office support grade level. With A levels/ H grades you may enter directly at executive level. However, there are opportunities for promotion from the administrative grade with lower qualifications, based on experience.

If you go on to study for a degree, the range of opportunities in the Civil Service expands. You may be able to join the Fast Stream training scheme and progress to management and senior civil servant level. With specialist experience and professional qualifications you can enter in a specialist position.

There are opportunities in all parts of the UK, mainly in towns and cities. Only one in five civil servants is based in London.

What training will I receive?

Once you get in you will follow a training programme. Training is often on the job learning from experienced staff, as well as doing formal courses. In some jobs, you may get the opportunity to study for nationally-recognised vocational qualifications related to your area of work.

What are the promotion prospects in Civil service jobs?

All staff receive regular appraisals and feedback on their performance at work. There are structured promotion systems in the Civil Service, and it is possible to move up to more senior positions or into more specialist areas of work. Most civil servants stay in the department they start in, but it is possible to apply for jobs in other departments.

Modified: 16 June 2013

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