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Topics covered under “I am a civil servant”
I am a civil servant topics Brief description
Civil Service Code The Civil Service Code was introduced in 1996 and sets out the duties and responsibilities of civil servants.
Civil Service Management Code This Code is issued under the authority of the Civil Service Order in Council 1995 under which the Minister for the Civil Service has the power to make regulations and give instructions for the management of the Home Civil Service, including the power to prescribe the conditions of service of civil servants.
Diversity legislation This section contains information about legislation in key areas of diversity including age, disability, race, religion and many more
Personnel Information Notes (PINs) These notes are circulated to central personnel staff in departments, agencies and relevant non-departmental public bodies. They do not occasion any change in terms and conditions for civil servants.
Pay and reward policy Like any good employer, the Civil Service aims to offer a fair and flexible reward package – of which pay is a vital part.
Employment policy This section looks at developing and championing good employment policy and practice to support the objectives of Civil Service reform and ensure we meet current employment legislation.
People framework Most Civil Service departments have their own people strategies or are in the process of developing them. However there are areas where coordination and collaboration across the Civil Service will help employers to meet their business objectives. Feedback has shown that departments want this kind of framework, which sets out the long–term approach the Civil Service will take with its employees.
Diversity policies This section contains information about Civil Service policy in key areas of diversity. The information is based on cross–departmental policy, although there are some examples of what individual departments are doing.
Efficiency & relocation policy The Efficiency & Relocation Support Programme works with Civil Service departments in managing efficiency and relocation, while minimising the need for compulsory redundancy.
Leadership Great leadership is the key to successful organisations – and ours is no exception. This section outlines our approach to leadership and the processes we have in place to ensure we develop successful leaders.
Diversity – Guidance for managers As a manager, you play a vital role in helping ensure every member of staff is treated well, and given opportunities to progress and develop. This section provides you with basic information and guidance on key areas of diversity.
Diversity – Guidance for employees This section is for all employees in the Civil Service, and provides basic background and guidance about different areas of diversity.
Diversity – Useful resources This section contains links to useful information, guidance and best practice in different areas of diversity.
The Diversity 10–Point Plan The 10–Point Plan sets out commitments on 10 key areas that are intended to achieve broad and deep cultural change across the Civil Service. The 10–Point Plan was developed following a review of equality and diversity in employment in the Civil Service by Waqar Azmi, the Chief Diversity Adviser to the Civil Service.
Diversity networks There is a range of networks across the Civil Service, offering help and support to disabled employees and those in minority groups. The networks provide advice on policy and where to go for more information, and offer individuals a chance to talk to others who face similar situations.
Professional Skills for Government Professional Skills for Government (PSG) is a different and more structured way of thinking about Civil Service jobs and careers for staff at all grades. It is designed to ensure that no matter where you work, you have the right mix of skills and expertise to enable your organisation to deliver effective services.
Civil Service networks Some of the networks covered in this section are the Civil Service Insurance Society, Civil Service Sports Council, the Civil Service Club and Civil Service Healthcare amongst others.
Professional communities There are several professional communities established across the public service. They exist to help their members develop to their full potential
Careers & development Here we look at some of the ways existing civil servants can further their careers and develop their potential
Civil Service Pensions Civil servants recieve an attractive pension package as part of their overall benefits. You can find out more about it on this page
Topics covered under “I want to be a civil servant”
I want to be a civil servant topics Brief description
Life in the Civil Service Every department has different priorities, providing a wide range of services to the public across the United Kingdom. This means that within the Civil Service there is a uniquely diverse mix of jobs and opportunities. Find out why people join, the challenges they face, and what gets them up in the mornings.
Recruitment This area looks at ways of joining the Civil Service. You can find out about the Fast Stream scheme, an accelerated development programme, and also about our diversity and equality policy.
Summer Diversity Internship Programme 2008 The Fast Stream Team organises a Summer Diversity Internship Programme to develop under–represented groups’ understanding of the Civil Service and the career opportunities it can provide.
Topics covered under “About the Civil Service”
About the Civil Service topics Brief description
Vision for the Civil Service Details of Sir Gus O’Donnells vision for the Civil Service.
Evolution of the Civil Service This online document looks at how the Civil Service has evolved between 1848 and 1997.
Permanent Secretaries Management Group The Permanent Secretaries Management Group considers issues of importance to the Civil Service as a whole. Membership of PSMG consists of all first permanent secretaries and other selected permanent secretaries and director generals.
Civil Service Steering Board The Civil Service Steering Board aims to enhance the performance and reputation of the Civil Service.
Permanent secretaries list A regularly updated list of permanent secretaries across the Civil Service.
Capability Reviews The Capability Review Programme is part of the wider Civil Service reform agenda. It will lead to a Civil Service which is better at delivering public services. The reviews provide an assessment of capability for departments, identify key areas for improvement and set out key actions.
Civil Service boards Each head of department or agency chief executive in the Civil Service is supported by a board, which provides collective leadership and takes ownership of performance.
Ethnicity re–survey This area includes a revised set of guidance and materials to help departments and agencies survey the ethnicity of their staff, and maximise response rates.
Monitoring Diversity (statistics) Civil Service departments and agencies monitor their workforce to assess what the breakdown is, in terms of gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, and working patterns. Work is also under way on monitoring sexual orientation and religious belief.
Diversity Champions Network The Diversity Champions Network (DCN) is responsible for promoting and improving diversity across Civil Service departments and agencies.
Disability consultation In this section you can read the report from the Disability Consultation in 2003. The consultation and report were carried out by the Disability Working Group, which was set up to examine issues around disability monitoring in the Civil Service.
Statistics Information about staffing in the Civil Service has been collected and published since 1950, and data since 1970 is available to view on this site. In this section, you'll find the latest figures and links to more detailed information.
Statistics archive This is where you can search for facts and figures on staffing in the Civil Service for every year from 1970 to 2006.
Public bodies This section contains links to a suite of documents that are designed to help all those who are involved in establishing and sponsoring a Central Government public body. This includes Non–Departmental Public Bodies (NDPB’s), NHS bodies and public corporations.
Public appointments This area provides links to publications which are practical and helpful guides for all those involved in making public appointments, both those with central responsibility for public appointments (departmental co–ordinators) and those responsible for sponsoring a public body (the sponsor team).
Nationality requirements The “Civil Service Nationality Rules: Guidance on Checking Eligibility” has been extensively updated. It is intended to assist departments and agencies to discharge effectively their responsibilities on nationality matters related to Civil Service recruitment.
Government communications The Government Communication team works with government departments to encourage ‘genuine engagement with the public as part of policy formation and delivery’ – which was one of the recommendations set out in the 2004 Phillis Review. Find out more about their work in this section.