The Civil Service supports the Government in developing and implementing its policies, and in delivering public services. This means we're accountable to the public and need to meet the highest possible standards in all that we do. Our core values reflect this.  

Core values and the Civil Service Code

Civil servants are expected to commit to our core values: integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality.

The Civil Service Code sets out the way civil servants should carry out their work, based on these values.

The Four Ps

The values are also supported by the Four Ps. We make sure that pride, pace, passion and professionalism apply to all aspects of our work.


We also do everything we can to encourage diversity in the Civil Service. Having a diverse workforce means we represent the society we serve, making us a more effective and relevant organisation.

Diversity in the Civil Service

In this section

  • The Civil Service Code

    On 11 November 2010, the Civil Service provisions of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 came into force. The legislation places the Civil Service values on a statutory footing and includes the publication of a Civil Service Code.

  • Sir Gus' vision: the Four Ps

    Head of the Civil Service Sir Gus O’Donnell has a vision to bring the core values of the Civil Service Code to life. His vision is for a Civil Service which exudes pride, passion, pace and professionalism – the Four Ps.