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South West

Achieve more closer to home

This is your opportunity to do nationally important, society-enhancing work right here in the South West. These influential UK Civil Service jobs, traditionally located in London, are now being based all across the region.

Join us and you won’t just be doing work for your region, but on behalf of the whole country.

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South West talent – Career opportunities closer to home

Nationally, the Civil Service influences everything from employment to social care, education to energy, industry to inclusion.

In the South West particularly, our work touches subjects as diverse as defence, science & technology, the climate, food, space and marine life.

The Civil Service career offer

When you begin your career in the Civil Service you will join an inclusive team, with exciting opportunities to help shape what happens within society.

In recent years, civil servants have worked on areas that have had a big impact on citizens, including the COVID-19 response, EU exit and international trade, cyber security, and the economy, to name a few.

The UK Civil Service offers many different avenues for potential applicants to join our organisation, including the Civil Service Fast Stream and Civil Service Apprenticeships.

Have a look, and see if any of them are right for you.

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“The Civil Service offers you a huge variety of career opportunities in the South West. Whatever your background and specialism, there are 48 different organisations offering opportunities in functions like digital and cyber, policy and many more, with roles available in every county in the region.”

Derek Thomas

Chief Operating Officer, Valuation Office Agency and South West Head of Place

You won’t need to focus on one area either.

The great benefit of a career with us is that you can move around – as well as up – experiencing a wide variety of career challenges and experiences found almost nowhere else.

These are roles of real influence. As well as having a national significance, you’ll join a group of people acting as the collective voice of the South West, ensuring that Whitehall and Westminster understand the needs and goals of diverse communities from Exeter to Taunton, Plymouth to Bristol, and everywhere in between.

Where could you work?

  • Defence Science an Technology Laboratory
  • Vehicle Certification Agency
  • UK Health Security Agency
  • Department for Environment, Food an Rural Affairs
  • HM Prison and Probation Service
  • Met Office
  • Office of Rail and Road

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