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 MBE (Civil Service Commissioner), includes Baroness Stuart, (First Civil Service Commissioner), Antonia Romeo (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice) Gerri Clement MBE (Co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Cross-Government Social Mobility Network), Paul Willgoss MBE (Vice-Chair of the Civil Service Disability Network) and Roxanne Ohene (Co-Chair of the Senior Civil Service Race to the Top Network) will now choose a winner from shortlisted recruitment campaigns by:

  • Department for International Trade
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Competition and Markets Authority
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • UK Hydrographic Office
  • Scottish Government
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
  • Intellectual Property Office
  • Defence Equipment & Support
  • HM Treasury
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Government Social Research Service
  • Government Economic Service
  • Department for Transport

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 and skilled Civil Service. 

Natalie Campbell MBE said:

“We have had such a great response to this award – the first of its kind. As a Commissioner, I know there is some outstanding recruitment practice across government. We want to showcase that, highlighting innovative and thoughtful initiatives that attract strong and diverse fields for Civil Service Jobs. It’s not going to be easy choosing from this shortlist but the panel will want to see that the approach is creative, making a tangible difference to recruitment and is something that can be applied more widely.” 

Winners and case studies will be published in the Commission's Annual Report & Accounts, on its website and throughout Civil Service social media channels. 

Winners will be able to publicise their achievement with an award logo on all their recruitment advertisements for one year.

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