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 420,000 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.

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, a variety of career paths, career development support, flexible working, and shared parental leave.

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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.

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A Portrait Of Jon Humphries At The Department Of Work And Pensions

I've worked for the Civil Service for 22 years. I've worked in various roles, from agriculture to employment. Being able to help people and make a difference to people's lives is why I do what I do.

John HumphriesWork Coach, Department for Work and Pensions
Five Civil Servants collaborating on a Fast Stream project

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.

Five Civil Servants collaborating on a Fast Stream project

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 your skills and develop your career.

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