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The Civil Service

'We aim to provide high-quality advice and support to the Government and help deliver world-class public services, while consistently applying our core values of honesty, objectivity, integrity and impartiality.'

Sir Gus O'Donnell
Head of the Home Civil Service

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Civil servants are a bunch of white, male Whitehall bureaucrats


Only around 16% of civil servants work in London, with the rest spread around the country and more than half of all civil servants are women

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream graduate programme

The Civil Service Fast Stream selection process is now open. Find out about all the different opportunities on offer and whether the Fast Stream is right for you.


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    The Civil Service is not full of fat cats

    Read Gus O'Donnell's article in the Guardian on the misrepresentation of civil servants and the civil service. 

    Read Gus's article on the Guardian website

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    Civil Service Award winners

    Last night the Civil Service Awards took place in Buckingham Palace honouring Civil Servants – both in Britain and overseas- who have done something extraordinary to make people’s lives better.

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