Civil Service junior managers, or executive officers, work in a broad range of fields. There are over 150 departments, agencies and devolved administrations in the Civil Service, dealing with developing and implementing policies, researching and advising government ministers, and ensuring the smooth running of government.
Executive officers are the first line of management in the Civil Service. Duties vary with each department, but can include:
Most staff work 36-37 hours a week excluding breaks, although in departments where a service needs to be provided outside normal office hours, shift systems operate. Many posts operate on a flexitime system, and part-time and job-sharing opportunities are available.
Most posts are office-based, although there may be some travel involved to attend meetings, conferences or training courses. Specialist junior managers may need to visit industrial sites, business premises and other organisations depending on their departmental responsibilities.
As a Civil Service junior manager, you should:
The Civil Service is one of the country's largest employers, employing around half a million people. The majority of civil servants are based in towns and cities, with about one in five based in London.
Vacancies are advertised in Jobcentres or Jobcentre Plus offices, the press, in relevant professional journals, and increasingly on departmental web sites.
There are structured promotion systems linked to an appraisal system and it is possible to move into a more specialised area of work such as accounts or training. Most people tend to stay in the department they were recruited into, but it is possible to apply for jobs within other departments.
Fast Stream entrants can expect to become senior managers within five years.
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