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Alienspaceship Tue 12-Jun-18 22:18:59

Please tell me about your experiences of working in the civil service. Looking at a career move. Thanks.

NashvilleQueen Tue 12-Jun-18 22:22:37

A little more information would be helpful I think. The Civil Service is vast, covers many departments and organisations and there are myriad roles within it.

What do you do now?
Are you a specialist in anything?
What sort of entry level are you looking at?
Any particular department in mind?

susiella Wed 13-Jun-18 10:58:29

I was a Civil Servant for 34 years. I started in the Inland Revenue (now HMRC) then moved to Department of Health & Social Security (now Jobcentre Plus), my roles were in administration. I took early retirement in 2013 when I broke my back & was unable to work.
In my experience, the Civil Service is an excellent employer. Opportunities for promotion were plentiful. There was a lot of in house training. Terms & conditions were excellent. All hard won by the unions of course. I was badly advised & shouldn't have retired really. If you can get through the horrendous competency based application then go for it.

BangPippleGo Wed 13-Jun-18 11:13:23

Been there for 5 years, my whole adult working life, and I love it. I've worked in four different teams (been promoted three times) and my current team are very senior. Greatest colleagues ever, lots of flexibility, great work/life balance.

I don't plan on ever leaving!

wizzywig Wed 13-Jun-18 11:15:45

Op theres a thread running on this currently. No idea how to copy a link. But the title is: (Relatively) new to the Civil Service - AIBU to ask about career progression and other more general advice please?

redannie118 Wed 13-Jun-18 11:22:24

Bit mixed for me- 20 years for international pensions that i loved , only left due to redundancy. 3 years for CMS that was hell on earth and i would not wish on anyone. That said, pay, working hours, sick leave, pension and work- life balance re working hours is light years ahead of any private sector company i have worked for

skippy67 Wed 13-Jun-18 11:31:25

Been in 30 years. Good points are flexible working which was vital for me when my kids were young, decent annual leave allowance. Bad points, my pension package is now crap, I'm going to have to work til 68, no pay rise for 8 years, constant tinkering with terms and conditions. Having said all that, as a new entrant, you'd at least know what you're signing up for...

wizzywig Wed 13-Jun-18 11:32:43

redannie whats cms?

TheSecondMrsAshwell Wed 13-Jun-18 12:59:16

CMS is Culture, Media and Sport - now Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

redannie118 Wed 13-Jun-18 16:43:20

Sorry its Child Maintenance service- what was the oldChild Support Agency

squashyhat Wed 13-Jun-18 16:55:36

Dept of Health and Treasury until I took redundancy/early retirement last year. My t&cs were much better than current new entrants but there is still a good career path if you are willing to chop and change roles, particularly working in ministerial private offices (which basically takes over your life). Fast stream is a good track to get on.

Alienspaceship Wed 13-Jun-18 20:58:11

All very helpful, thank you.

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