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Terms & Conditions

Security Clearance

If successful, you must hold, or be willing to obtain, security clearance to SC level. More information about the process can be found on GOV.UK - www.gov.uk/guidance/security-vetting-and-clearance

Civil Service Code

All civil servants are subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Code (see annex) which details the Civil Service values, standards of behaviour and rights and responsibilities.


The Cabinet Office’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles details of which can be found at http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk

The Civil Service Commission

The Civil Service Commission has two key functions:

to maintain the principle of selection for appointment to the Civil Service on merit on the basis of fair and open competition. For the most senior posts in the Civil Service, the Commission discharges its responsibilities directly by overseeing the recruitment process and by a Commissioner chairing the selection panel.

to promote an understanding of the Civil Service Code which sets out the constitutional framework in which all civil servants work and the values they are expected to uphold, and to hear and determine appeals made under it.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the Cabinet Office Recruitment Team, Human Resources, 4th Floor, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2WH in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Office of the Civil Service Commissioners.

Standard Assignment Period

Across the Civil Service, we recognise the importance of retaining skills and experience and ensuring our staff remain in post to see key projects through to completion. This is not only essential to the crucial work we are undertaking but also helps in the development of our individual team members. In order to meet this need more effectively, we want to clarify our expectations of standard assignment lengths which should be a minimum of three years unless stipulated otherwise.

An assignment duration is the period of time a Senior Civil Servant is expected to remain in the same post to enable them to deliver on the agreed key business outcomes. As part of accepting this role you will be agreeing to the expected assignment duration set out above. This will not result in a contractual change to your terms and conditions. Please note this is an expectation only, is not something which is written into your terms and conditions or indeed which the Department or you are bound by. It will depend on your personal circumstances at a particular time and the department’s business needs and, for example, would not preclude any absence like family friendly leave. It is nonetheless an important expectation, which is why we ask you to confirm you agree to the assignment duration set out above. If you have any concerns or question about this please contact the vacancy manager.

Annex - Civil Service Code


Civil Service values

The statutory basis for the management of the Civil Service is set out in Part 1 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.

Please read the statutory guidance here: