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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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