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Civil Service Commission – Annual Report and Accounts 2021- 2022

The Commission has today published its annual report and accounts for the financial year 2021-22. The report contains a range of statistics and information about the Commission’s work in regulating appointments into the Civil Service and hearing appeals under the Civil Service Code. 2021/22 Annual Report & Accounts Press Release The First Civil Service Commissioner, […]

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PRESS NOTICE

CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION - ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS 2021 – 2022 “BRINGING IN NEW SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE STRENGTHENS THE CIVIL SERVICE” – BARONESS GISELA STUART, FIRST CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSIONER The Civil Service Commission, which regulates Civil Service appointments to provide assurance that they are made on merit after fair and open competition, has today published […]

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Commissioners’ Mark of Excellence

Want to know more about innovative recruitment campaigns?  On Thursday 20 October @1400 - 1530, the Civil Service Commission is hosting a free online event which you can register to attend to hear from the teams that have been recognised by the Commissioners’ Mark of Excellence award. This event was originally due to take place in […]

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Commissioners’ Mark of Excellence - Winners

BEIS has overhauled all their internal resourcing guidance and templates for advertising vacancies, introducing diversity and inclusion best practice and adopting ‘nudge theory’ prompts to reduce bias in their attraction and standard introductions. The department has taken an innovative approach to monitoring diversity and inclusion progress by connecting data insights from external Government Recruitment Service/Cabinet […]

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Commissioners’ Mark of Excellence - Winners

INNOVATIVE AI RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN WINS FIRST EVER COMMISSIONERS’ MARK OF EXCELLENCE Campaigns that show innovation and commitment in recruiting diverse candidates to the Civil Service have been recognised in the first ever Commissioners’ Mark of Excellence.  The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) came top, from a final shortlist of 18 campaigns.    Natalie […]

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CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION’S ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS

The Commission’s annual report and accounts for 2021 – 22 will now be published in September owing to delays at the National Audit Office.  The winning entries for the Commissioners’ Mark of Excellence which were due to be published in our report will be announced online on 20th July.  We will also be holding an […]

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Gisela Stuart speaks at the Annual FDA Conference

First Commissioner, Gisela Stuart, gave a keynote speech at the First Division Association annual conference on 12 May. You can find the full text of her speech below: Good morning – and thank you for inviting me to speak. I’m Gisela Stuart and I am here today in my role as the First Civil Service […]

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Civil Service Commissioner June Milligan reflects on her role as she finishes her term

It is five years since I got the call to tell me my application to become a Civil Service Commissioner was successful - and what a five years it has been.  As I arrived the Commission had just agreed some strategic enablers:   - to support the Civil Service in recruiting the skills needed to enable […]

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Recruitment of new Commissioners

Please find attached the job pack to apply for the role of Commissioner: First Commissioner, Baroness Gisela Stuart of Edgbaston talks about the role of a Commissioner:

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SHORTLIST FOR COMMISSIONERS’ MARK OF EXCELLENCE ANNOUNCED

Eighteen departments and agencies have made it onto the shortlist for the Commissioners’ first ever ‘Mark of Excellence’. The new ‘Mark of Excellence’ will be awarded to recruitment campaigns that demonstrate outstanding innovation and commitment in the recruitment of diverse candidates across all grades into the Civil Service. The judging panel, led by Natalie Campbell […]

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'Building a more diverse Senior Civil Service' Online Event Recording

The latest Civil Service Commission diversity event took place via Zoom on Wednesday 23rd February. Aimed specifically at those from diverse backgrounds who are interested in entering the Senior Civil Service, this free online event was led by independent Civil Service Commissioner, Natalie Campbell MBE. Other speakers included Paul Gray (Civil Service Commissioner), Seonaid Webb […]

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Commissioner Natalie Campbell talks about her drive to make the ‘Architects of Society’ more like the people they serve

People often ask me, ‘what made you want to become a Civil Service Commissioner?’ Nearly five years on my answer today is slightly different from Day One on the job. I am a public servant and social entrepreneur in equal measure, I have a sense of duty and an overwhelming desire to do what I […]

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Building a more diverse Senior Civil Service

The next Civil Service Commission diversity event will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 23rd February, 2.00 - 3.30pm. Do you aspire to reach the Senior Civil Service but have no idea about the route to get there? Do you think your non-traditional background means you won’t be successful in applying for roles in the […]

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Rosie Glazebrook reflects on her time as interim First Commissioner

It has been a real privilege to serve as the interim First Civil Service Commissioner since September 2021, when Ian Watmore completed his fixed five-year term, and the Government started the open competition to recruit the next First Civil Service Commissioner. The Commission has had an exceptionally busy few months, with the arrival of four […]

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Commissioners’ Mark of Excellence 2022

The Civil Service Commission is launching a ‘Commissioners’ Mark of Excellence’ to showcase outstanding innovation and commitment in the recruitment of diverse candidates across all grades into the Civil Service. The award will champion diversity in its broadest sense, supporting the Government’s priority of ‘levelling up’ and the Civil Service reform agenda of an innovative […]

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Meet the Commissioners - Martin Spencer

Tell us a little about yourself and your career background? I studied an Economics and Accountancy degree at University with vague thoughts of becoming an accountant, however I had started to become fascinated by the emerging possibilities for computing and so, when I left University, I was very excited to join ICL, a large UK-based […]

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Meet the Commissioners- Paul Kernaghan

Tell us a little about yourself and your career background? I was born and educated in Belfast and was the first in my family to remain in education after the age of fourteen. I enlisted in the Ulster Defence Regiment as soon as I turned eighteen and was subsequently commissioned, commanding a rifle platoon for […]

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Meet the Commissioners - Paul Gray

This is the first blog in a new series of posts that will be introducing our newly appointed Commissioners. Tell us a little about yourself and your career background? I joined in the civil service in 1979, having left school earlier that year to work on a farm. I started as a clerical officer and […]

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New Civil Service Commissioners

The Civil Service Commission is an independent statutory body that oversees appointments to the Civil Service, ensuring that they are made on merit on the basis of fair and open competition. Commissioners also promote and hear appeals brought under the Civil Service Code.  The new Commissioners come from both private and public sector backgrounds and […]

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Interim First Civil Service Commissioner- Rosie Glazebrook

Rosie Glazebrook has been appointed as the interim First Civil Service Commissioner while the Cabinet Office completes the appointment process for Ian Watmore’s successor. The First Civil Service Commissioner leads the Civil Service Commission, which regulates appointments to the Civil Service and hears appeals from civil servants under the Civil Service Code. The First Commissioner also chairs the recruitment […]

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Annual Report and Accounts 2020 - 2021

PRESS NOTICE 21 July 2021 Civil Service Commission – annual report and accounts 2020 - 2021 The independent Civil Service Commission, which regulates Civil Service appointments to provide assurance that they are made on merit after fair and open competition, published its annual report for 2020 – 21 today. The annual report contains a range […]

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Diverse senior leaders talk about working in the Civil Service

Naheed Hussain In our eighth blog in this series, Naheed Hussain, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor - Legal Development - CPS, talks about her experience of working in the Civil Service. About Naheed Naheed is a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor (DCCP) in CPS headquarters. She leads the Team that is responsible for the delivery of legal training to […]

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Disability - Recruitment and Workplace Adjustments Online Event

The second online disability event on Wednesday 28th April was aimed at both prospective candidates for Senior Civil Service roles who have a disability and hiring managers alike. The event was chaired by the Chief Executive of the Civil Service Commission, Peter Lawrence OBE. The panel of speakers included an independent Civil Service Commissioner, Rosie […]

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Diverse senior leaders talk about working in the Civil Service

Jolyon Thomson OBE In our seventh blog in this series, Jolyon Thomson OBE, Deputy Director - International and Trade, talks about his experience of working in the Civil Service. About Jolyon Jolyon has been a Government lawyer for 25 years, primarily working on international and EU law in Defra’s areas of responsibility. He is currently […]

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Involving Ministers

Civil Service Commissioner Jane Burgess has recorded a very short zoom presentation on how ministers can and should be involved in recruitment to the Civil Service, in line with the Commission’s Recruitment Principles. “I hope this helps to explain how ministers can be involved in a fair, open and merit-based process under the Recruitment Principles.” […]

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Working with the Recruitment Principles.

On 15th January the Commission held an online session with over 100 recruitment managers and team leaders across the Civil Service on working with the Recruitment Principles. The Commission's Recruitment Principles document is the key source for departments and agencies making appointments. They set out the Commission's interpretation of the statutory requirement of appointment on merit on […]

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Diverse senior leaders talk about working in the Civil Service

Jason Ghaboos In our sixth blog in this series, Jason Ghaboos, Deputy Director - Civil Service Diversity & Inclusion, talks about his experience of working in the Civil Service. About Jason Jason was appointed as Deputy Director, Civil Service Diversity & Inclusion in June 2020. In that role, Jason leads the Inclusive Practice team, working […]

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Social Media and the Civil Service Code

The Corporate Services team held an online training session on 19th January for all staff on the use of social media. Like all civil servants, Commission staff are expected to adhere to a code which mirrors the Civil Service Code – both online and offline (for further information on Commission guidance visit the links below). […]

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Diverse senior leaders talk about working in the Civil Service

Seonaid Webb MBE In our fifth blog in this series, Seonaid Webb MBE - Deputy Director, Head of Secondary Legislation, Constitution and Borders Directorate, DEFRA and Deputy Disability Champion - talks about her experience of working in the Civil Service. About Seonaid Seonaid has been a civil servant for 17 years and is currently a […]

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Diverse senior leaders talk about working in the Civil Service

The REACH - Senior Disability Network has recently published a series of interviews as part of their 'Empowering Disabled Staff into Senior Grades' workshop series. Please see below links to all six interviews: Ben Merrick Seonaid Webb Stuart Armstrong Shaun Gallagher Jeanette Rosenberg Stephen Braviner Roman

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Diverse senior leaders talk about working in the Civil Service

Nagesh Reddy In our fourth blog in this series, Nagesh Reddy, Portfolio Director - DWP Change Delivery, talks about his experience of working in the Civil Service. About Nagesh Nagesh was appointed Portfolio Director - DWP Change Delivery in January 2020. In that role, Nagesh leads a range of programmes spanning change, transformation and delivery […]

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Senior Civil Service leaders talk about disability

In our third blog in this series, Ben Merrick, Director, Overseas Territories Directorate, HM Commissioner for the British Indian Ocean Territory and HM Commissioner for the British Antarctic Territory, talks about his experience of working in the Civil Service. About Ben Ben was appointed Director of Overseas Territories at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in August […]

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Disability & Senior Civil Service Recruitment Online Event

The online event on Wednesday 7th October was aimed specifically at candidates for Senior Civil Service roles who have a disability. The event was chaired by the Chief Executive of the Civil Service Commission, Peter Lawrence OBE, alongside two independent Civil Service Commissioners, Jan Cameron and June Milligan and the Commission Disability Advisor, John Knight […]

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One of our Commissioners and Chair of our Diversity Group, Natalie Campbell MBE, writes about how the Commission can support the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

The Art of the Possible – supporting the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy The drive to increase the diversity of the Civil Service is keenly shared by the Commission. As the regulator, we’re there to provide assurance that appointments are made fairly and on merit, so internal levers to increase diversity such as talent […]

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Senior Civil Service leaders talk about disability

In the second blog in this series, John Knight CBE, who advises the Commission Board on disability, talks about his own experience and what more he thinks can be done to attract and support disabled candidates into senior Civil Service roles.  About John John Knight’s career has spanned the voluntary and statutory sectors including the […]

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New Event - Disability and Senior Civil Service Recruitment

The Commission is running an online open event on 7 October 2020 aimed specifically at candidates for senior roles in the Civil Service who have a disability. Last year, 6% of applicants reported having a disability in recruitment competitions chaired by Commissioners, although it is estimated that 18% of the working-age population in Britain are disabled as defined […]

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Senior Civil Service leaders talk about disability

In the first of a series of articles about disability and working in the Civil Service, Alistair Watters, Director Grenfell Site and Programme at MCHLG, talks about his own experience in both the private and public sector and what needs to happen to build candidates’ confidence that their disability won’t count against them. About Alistair […]

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Demystifying the Civil Service Code

The Commission held its first online event on Wednesday 22nd July where we set out to Demystify the Civil Service Code. During this event the Chief Executive of the Civil Service Commission was joined by two Civil Service Commissioner's and two members of the Commission's secretariat, to talk in depth about the Civil Service Code. […]

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Civil Service Commission – annual report and accounts 2019 - 2020

PRESS NOTICE 20 July 2020 The independent Civil Service Commission, which regulates Civil Service appointments to provide assurance that they are made on merit after fair and open competition, published its annual report for 2019 – 20 today.  The annual report contains a range of statistics and information about the Commission’s work including:  - 39,654 people were recruited […]

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#HereForYou campaign showcases huge range and diversity of Civil Service jobs

“One of the things I really enjoy as a Commissioner overseeing appointments processes is the huge diversity of roles and responsibilities in the Civil Service. The new Covid-19 response campaign HereForYou really highlights that.” Isabel Doverty, Civil Service Commissioner HereForYou really highlights that.” Isabel Doverty, Civil Service Commissioner From sourcing and procurement and to prisons […]

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Covid-19 Advice to Departments

Please find the Commission's response to general enquiries to dealing with recruitment during the current time. This is based on the questions we have been receiving. We ask that you check this in the first instance, before contacting the Commission directly. If the answer to the question is not there, please call 0207 271 0831 or email info@csc.gov.uk.  […]

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The Civil Service Code – and the Commission’s role

This week, the Commission held another open event in Horseguards Road on ‘Demystifying the Civil Service Code’. Two Commissioners – Sarah Laessig and Jane Burgess, and members of the Commission secretariat were on hand to talk about the Code and the Commission’s role in hearing appeals from civil servants. Jane Burgess said: “The core values […]

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Commission hosts sixth form work experience students

Last week, the Civil Service Commission hosted two students for work experience. Both students, Shuayb Alom and Ikram Miah, are currently in the sixth form at Oaks Park High School, Ilford. The Commission organised a week-long programme of events including visits to the Government Digital Service and Parliament, as well as meeting our Commissioners. They […]

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Top Tips from Civil Service Commissioners

At our open events the most popular part of the session is undoubtedly when Commissioners talk about their top tips when applying for a post in the senior Civil Service. Here a quick round up from our recent open events: Jane Burgess “First off, do what is set out in the pack. Contact the vacancy […]

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Demystifying the Civil Service Commission Event

If interested in attending future sessions please email info@csc.gov.uk

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Diversity in Senior Recruitment - "What Great Looks Like"

The Commission hosted an event this week for recruiters and headhunting firms who work with government departments, aimed at increasing understanding of its work and championing diversity in senior recruitment to the Civil Service. Melanie Dawes, the Civil Service diversity and inclusion champion, and Richard Heaton, the Civil Service race equality champion, joined Commissioners Natalie […]

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How does the Commission check that recruitment done within departments is fair, open and based on merit?

As well as its Commissioners personally chairing panels for recruitment processes at the senior levels, the Commission must check that external recruitment carried out within departments and agencies is compliant with our Recruitment Principles. We do this through an in-house audit of the recruitment practices of over 70 departments and agencies, which identifies any breaches […]

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Three sixth formers complete work experience at the Civil Service Commission

In July, the Commission welcomed three sixth formers from Oaks Park High School in Ilford for work experience. Aarti Soba, Strategy Officer at the Commission arranged a programme of events and meetings to introduce Anjalina Seehra, Gurnek Virk and Zayaan Khan, all aged 17, to the work of the Commission and the other independent offices […]

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Civil Service Commission - Annual Report and Accounts 2018-19

"Life Chances Schemes are good for diversity of the Civil Service and for communities" Ian Watmore, First Civil Service Commissioner The independent Civil Service Commission, which regulates Civil Service appointments to provide assurance that they are made on merit after fair and open competition, published its annual report for 2018-19 today and highlighted its work […]

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CSC Launches New Video Content!

The Commission has produced three short, informative films below. These will help you to better understand what the Commission is, what the Recruitment Principles are and how the Civil Service Code works. Scroll down to view! Civil Service Commission: An Introduction Civil Service Commission: The Recruitment Principles Civil Service Commission: The Code

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Civil Service Commission support for life chances programmes - a priority for 2019

Working with the Civil Service to support initiatives to boost the employability of individuals with limited ‘life chances’ is one of the Commission’s strategic priorities for 2019. The Commission’s support for a joint Cabinet Office and Ministry of Justice project in the North West of England, helping ex-offenders back into work, already led to an […]

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Civil Service Commission Open Events 2019

The Commission held two Open Events on 4 March to demystify the recruitment process for senior roles and help potential applicants understand how Commissioners carry out their role ensuring open, fair and merit-based recruitment. Commissioners Jane Burgess (seen speaking in the photo above), Natalie Campbell, Rosie Glazebrook and June Milligan took participants through the various […]

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