The Civil Service is a major employer that helps the government develop and implement its policies. Running the country requires people in an enormous range of roles including administrators, statisticians, economists, engineers, researchers, and scientists to name a few. Those working in civil servant jobs, help deliver a wide range of important public services that have a positive impact on people's lives, such as health, education, foreign affairs, the environment, defence, and work and pensions. There are opportunities at all levels, as well as scope to move up or switch to other specialist fields.
Civil Service Job Education Requirements
The Civil Service has more than 170 different departments and agencies, which each sets its own entry requirements. Depending on the job, applicants need GCSEs, A levels or a degree. The "Direct Entry" route offers full-time and part-time posts and permanent or fixed-term contracts. The 2-year fast track apprenticeship scheme for school leavers requires 5 Grade A-C GCSEs, including English and maths. Applicants for the Fast Stream programme, which leads to senior management posts, need at least a second-class degree. Some departments may ask for degrees that are relevant to their work, such as science and engineering departments. There are also student placements and a summer diversity internship programme for ethnic minority students.
Civil Service Job Market
Jobs have fallen year on year since 2010 with a drop of 8,893 to 439,942 between 2013 and 2014. Numbers are expected to fall again as part of public spending cuts, reinforcing the importance of good qualifications.
Civil Service Job Salaries
Salaries are dependent on the office and location. Median gross annual earnings (excluding overtime or bonuses) was £24,730 as of March 31, 2014 - an increase of £350 (1.5%) over the previous year. An individual in a clerical job can expect to earn around £13,000, a graduate between £19,000 and £22,000 and senior civil servants about £80,000 a year.