Professions in the Civil Service
The workforce in the Civil Service is made up of a wide range of professions and includes every kind of professional – from beekeepers and veterinary surgeons, to bomb disposal experts and accountants. There are currently 22 recognised professions, each led by a government Head of Profession.
To help staff working in the Civil Service progress in their careers, profession-orientated networks have been established. These networks complement the Professional Skills for Government framework (PSG) and aim to support the delivery of public services by setting clear professional standards for each profession and linking them to career pathways.
The networks offer help for staff ranging from training and members newsletters through to vacancy information and detailed skills frameworks that incorporate the PSG.
Finding your professional network
Information about these professional networks is on the Civil Service website:
For many professions, standards have already been set and are in use. In other areas such as policy development and operational delivery (where there are no equivalent professions outside the Civil Service), heads of profession in government departments are working with Government Skills to develop standards.