UK Government

UK Civil Service

The Civil Service is made up of central government organisations who work with MPs to devise and deliver government policies. The Civil Service is organised into: departments, agencies, non-departmental public bodies (NDPB) and government regulators.


See here for a list of UK government departments.


Government agencies implement policies and deliver services. You can download a guide to Government Agencies for free from Vault Careers Insider.

Graduate careers in the Civil Service

There are several possible routes into the Civil Service:

Apply to current vacancies

All civil service vacancies are advertised on the Civil Service jobs page and departments can advertise posts in local newspapers, job centres and their own websites. 

Civil Service Fast Stream

The Civil Service Fast Stream is the main graduate recruitment programme, offering accelerated training and development for graduates across several departments and aims to develop the organisation's future senior managers. See Civil Service Fast Stream.

Graduate schemes

Several departments run separate graduate recruitment schemes for new or experienced graduates, separately to the Civil Service Fast Stream.

Nationality requirements

Most Civil Service positions require you to be a UK national or have dual nationality with one part being British.  However, approximately 75% of Civil Service posts are open to Commonwealth citizens and nationals of any of the member states of the European Economic Area (EEA).