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Recruitment works with partners across the Civil Service to deliver award-winning expert recruitment services, support, advice and policy to enable the Government to put the right people in the right roles.

“We want talented people from all places and communities to come and work in the Civil Service. In support of that, my job is to work with HR leaders to improve how we bring people in, looking at how we speed up and simplify processes while also better-supporting applicants.”

Andrew Kean

Director of Recruitment

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The Government Recruitment Service delivers recruitment services and operations with select partners across the Civil Service, enabling the recruitment and selection of capable civil servants for roles within government. Providing marketing, branding, operational delivery and expertise in recruitment processes, the GRS currently delivers 70% of recruitment demand across over 30 government departments.

The In-House Sourcing Team within GRS provides search expertise (“headhunting”) for SCS and hard-to-fill roles. This experienced team of in-house search experts can help you secure a stronger field of candidates through access to a wide range of internal and external candidates across various professions. The team is successfully supporting the Government’s Places for Growth targets and shifting the dial on more diverse and stronger external candidates.

Enhancing attraction, recruitment and interchange practices within the Civil Service by providing evidence-based recruitment policy and good practice. By collaborating with departments, the team researches, innovates and facilitates policies which support both recruitment and secondment processes.

Providing over 20 life chance recruitment schemes by using innovative approaches to recruit people from a wide range of backgrounds, making the Civil Service more representative of the country it serves.

Primarily focussing on people who face barriers to employment such as prison leavers, veterans, care leavers and carers, the team offers leadership and support to those who wish to enter public service, providing experiences that can improve their life chances and opportunities.

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