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Graduate Talent Programme - Finance

Civil Service London, England

The Finance Fast Stream is an exciting opportunity to develop a rewarding career working at the heart of government. Youll be working on some of the… Adzuna

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Graduate Talent Programme - Social Researcher

Civil Service London, England

The Government Social Research Service (GSR) provides evidence to understand, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate government policies and… Adzuna

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Graduate Talent Programme - Economist

Civil Service London, England

Being a government economist is not just a question of analysing figures. It is work that sees you closely involved in important current issues and… Adzuna

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Civil Service United Kingdom Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood
Sir Jeremy Heywood
5 Ratings

    The traditional civil service culture is fast turning into a private sector experience, minus the pay!

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    Former Employee - Executive Officer  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Executive Officer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time for more than 5 years


    Flexible working opportunities are popular (unless you work in private or press office). A culture exists where people feel pride in their work which is positive to see despite the negative points made by the public and media. A good sense of camaraderie amongst civil servants.


    A place where change is very slow. Many elements of the civil service are losing their values as they morph into a private sector machine (following greater influence of ministers and people eager to please top management) - examples include elements of indirect bullying and harassment particularly of junior grades. The team spirit is being diluted as people are becoming more individualistic in outlook and behaviour in order to 'stand out'. Following the redundancy programme, a lot of relatively young and inexperienced people were promoted to jobs they're unqualified for particularly with management skills and they are very defensive against constructive criticism. Many permanent secretaries have left the civil service for the private sector and those who have replaced them fail to provide a challenge function to ministers and they keep a lower profile due to the reduction in staff morale.

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    Be more open to criticism and change which junior grades wish to see. Stop double standards - junior people are not allowed to undertake secondments or further education whereas senior people or the elite fast streamers are given these opportunities. who then end up eventually moving onto more 'lucrative' careers in the private sector. Invest in your junior and BME employees. Stop the cliquey culture of people having to fit into a certain group - at the moment its the only way to secure a promotion as no one hires people they dont know or are not connected to in some way. Make the recruitment, pay and appraisal process more transparent.

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