We are Britain’s diplomatic service and represent the UK government overseas.
We are made up of 14,400 people working in over 170 countries.
Around one-third of our workforce is made up of British civil servants and two-thirds is employed locally by our embassies and posts.
We celebrate diversity and recruit our staff from a broad range of backgrounds so that we benefit from fresh experiences and perspectives.
This is where you can meet the people in charge – the Secretary of State and the various Ministers who make up the political team
The Prime Minister and/or Foreign Secretary appoint special representatives
Simon Fraser is the Permanent Under Secretary of State
Find out about the role, function, purpose and membership of the FCO Board. The board is chaired by the Permanent Under-Secretary
Read about the responsibilities of our directorates
Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls lead the work of our posts around the world.
Find out about the FCO's history and buildings, and the work of FCO historians
How and why diversity plays a major role in what we do as an employer, service provider and policy leader