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“If you want a good work/life balance, want to develop yourself and your career, want to earn a decent living and do your part for your community, then join the Civil Service.”

Maqsood Khan

Senior Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service

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The Civil Service Pension Scheme is one of the best workplace pension schemes in the UK public sector.

If you join our Alpha pension scheme, for example, and you earn between £23,101 and £45,500, you will contribute 5.45% of your salary and your employer will contribute 27.1%, meaning for every £1 you contribute, your employer will contribute almost £5!

Our podcast, “Pensions 101 – what’s so good about the Civil Service pension?” explains in simple terms how the pension works and what makes it great.

We want to empower you to meet your career goals and help others do the same. This is why we offer a wide range of learning opportunities to suit you and your needs, such as:

  • Coaching and mentoring.
  • Work-based qualifications and training.
  • Access to externally recognised qualifications, like the CIPD accredited qualification within the HR profession.
  • Job shadowing
  • Access to Civil Service Learning courses and a guaranteed 5 days dedicated to your learning and development per year.
  • Secondment and loan opportunities to help you gain experience, or just try something new!
  • Talent programmes to get you where you want to go, whatever your career aspirations, like the Civil Service Fast Stream

The Civil Service offers an incredible range of jobs, across its departments and professions.

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 and be recognised for your efforts.

We acknowledge your achievements and your contribution to the vital work we do by offering a variety of bonus schemes and recognition rewards.

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Health, well-being and discount schemes

We provide a range of schemes, memberships, and well-being discounts to help you feel healthy and supported, in and outside of work. Things like:

  • discounted gym memberships
  • retail discounts
  • Cycle to Work schemes
  • Reward and Recognition vouchers
  • technology and smartphone discounts
  • a Financial Well-Being portal

The Charity for Civil Servants

The Charity for Civil Servants supports civil servants, past and present, when times are tough, listening without judgement and offering practical, financial and emotional support.

It’s easier when you and your family have got a whole community behind you.

CSSC Memberships

As a civil servant, you’ll be eligible to join the Civil Service Sports Council.

The CSSC gives you access to thousands of exclusive discounts and savings, including free, unlimited, year-round family entry to places like Cadw and English Heritage, Historic Scotland, and Kew Gardens.