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.

A Modern Civil Service is our vision of a skilled, innovative and ambitious Civil Service equipped for the future.

Our Values

We serve with integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality.

Our Vision

A skilled, innovative and ambitious Civil Service equipped for the future. We will renew the Civil Service together to deliver on our purpose of providing high quality advice to the Government, outstanding services to the public and safeguarding the UK’s prosperity and security at home and overseas.

We are building

A Skilled Civil Service:

  • Investing in skills, championing expertise and strengthening leadership
  • Reflecting the country we serve and creating opportunities around the UK

An Innovative Civil Service:

  • Finding new ways to solve problems and improve people’s lives
  • Seizing the full potential of data and technology

An Ambitious Civil Service:

  • Achieving excellence in project and public service delivery
  • Making it easy to collaborate and provide a seamless experience for the public

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

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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.
Pride Month 2021


We’re keeping #PrideOn, again

The anniversary of the Stonewall riots, and the start of pride season, is right around the corner. That means it’s almost time for our annual season of events to kick off inside the Civil Service.

Last year, the Civil Service LGBT+ Network took pride online. We led the Civil Service’s first ever, all digital pride season. Hundreds of people took part, meaning we could all still commemorate and celebrate despite the pandemic.

This year, things look brighter and we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to restart some of our in-person events and socials across the UK soon. But we thought last year’s pride activities were pretty great! We were thrilled to have the work of our network of volunteers recognised as part of the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Awards. We want to build on what we learnt from last year. That’s why we’re keeping Pride On, again!

For Pride 2021, we’ll be putting on a new season of events and encouraging you to take part in pride online. We’ve got lots of ideas to make this year’s PrideOn bigger, better, and prouder than ever before.

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.

Four of the DDAT Fast-Stream Team

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