You can apply for roles at CCS using the job advertisement on our recruitment site. If you have any questions about the process please email the recruitment team.

Application

When you apply for a role you will need to provide:

  • some basic personal information
  • a statement of suitability explaining how you meet the essential criteria set out in the job description

Please note application will be assessed on your statement of suitability.

Shortlist

You will receive an acknowledgment email once your application has been received.

The panel will then assess your application by considering the evidence you have provided in your statement of suitability against the criteria set out in the job description. Failure to address any or all of these may affect your application.

You will be contacted about the outcome of your application as soon as possible.

Assessment

If you are shortlisted, the assessment may include online tests, a panel interview (by video call or face to face) and/or a presentation.

Full details of the assessment approach will be made available to shortlisted candidates.

You will be able to request interview feedback by emailing the recruitment team

Offer

We will notify all candidates about the outcome as soon as possible after the final interview.

Eligibility

Applications are open to civil servants and non-civil servants. 

Applicants must meet the Civil Service Nationality Rules which operate independently and additionally to the Immigration Rules. Applicants must also meet necessary security and vetting requirements, along with any other relevant pre-employment checks.

From 1 January 2021, the following groups are eligible to work in non-reserved posts (posts that are not reserved for UK nationals) within the Civil Service.

  • UK nationals
  • nationals from Commonwealth countries
  • nationals from the Republic of Ireland
  • EEA nationals with (or eligible for) status under the EUSS
  • relevant EEA or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EEA or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU & Turkish nationals

You can find further information in the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Pre-employment checks

You will undergo right to work and proof of address checks, Baseline Personnel Security Standard checks security checks, and a Cabinet Office Fraud Database check. For further information please visit HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard.

Disability adjustments

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments in order to support applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability and require a reasonable adjustment, please email the recruitment team.

You can also claim a guaranteed interview by completing the relevant section of the online application. It is not necessary to state the nature of your disability.

Childcare vouchers

Any move to CCS from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. You can find out if you are eligible by visiting the Child Care Choices website.

Making a complaint

Our recruitment processes are guided by the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles, and want to make a complaint, email our recruitment team in the first instance.

If you remain unsatisfied with the response you receive you can then contact the Civil Service Commission.

Salary negotiations

New entrants to the Civil Service will be expected to join at the band entry point. If an applicant at the offer stage wishes to negotiate a higher salary, they will be required to submit their rationale by email. CCS will consider the case against a number of factors, including its current total reward and benefits offering. Please speak to the recruitment team for further advice.

Existing civil servants joining on level transfer will retain their current salary. Staff who are being promoted will receive either a 10% increase of their current basic salary or the pay band minimum – whichever is greater.

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