Images to illustrate the Civil Service

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

Find out more


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

Visit Mythbusters for the truth about the Civil Service

The Independent Public Service Pensions Commission

The Hutton review into public sector pensions, which sets out recommendations to the Government on pension arrangements for public sector workers was published on 10 March.

In the Budget on 23 March, the Government accepted Lord Hutton’s recommendations as the basis for consultation with public sector workers, unions and others.

Following consultation, the Government will set out proposals in the autumn that are affordable, sustainable and fair to both the public sector workforce and to taxpayers.

This Q&A will be updated as matters develop and to reflect the questions which staff and employers are asking. Civil servants can send questions by email to



  • Civil Service crest

    Reform of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme

    The new Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS) comes into effect today.  The CSCS sets out the terms for voluntary and compulsory redundancy. 

    Q&A and Legislation

  • Civil Service crest

    Letter from Gus O’Donnell about reducing regulations

    Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Gus O’Donnell has written a letter to all Permanent Secretaries across Government about the Red Tape Challenge.

    Read Gus's letter



Search jobs and sign up to get job alerts by email.

We are currently only recruiting business critical and frontline staff.