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Civil Service executive officer

Civil Service executive officers work in government departments that develop policies and provide services to the public.

Annual Salary

£23,000 to £30,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 40 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; on shifts

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% fewer Civil Service executive officer jobs in 2026.
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Day to day tasks

What you'll do will depend on your job role and the government department you work in. Typically, in your day to day tasks you could:

  • manage a team
  • train staff
  • apply government plans to public services
  • prepare and present reports
  • analyse data
  • communicate with the public
  • give advice to government representatives
  • manage a budget
  • handle a caseload
  • update files

Working environment

You could work in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
  • a graduate training scheme
University

You could apply to join the Civil Service after doing a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree, although a university qualification is not essential.

Most subjects are accepted but public administration may offer a good general introduction to this area of work.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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Apprenticeship

You could do a Civil Service higher or degree apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship qualification you work towards will depend on the role and business area you work in.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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Work

You could start as an administrative officer. After gaining experience, you could apply for a post as an executive officer when vacancies become available.

Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs. You'll be expected to have relevant work or life experience to do this.

You'll be assessed on your skills, knowledge and behaviours that fit in with the values of the Civil Service, as part of the application process.

Other routes

If you're a graduate or in your final year of university, you can apply for a place on the Fast Stream scheme. Competition for places is very strong, so a degree with a higher grade and work experience will help you.

Your degree can be in any subject, though some Civil Service departments may prefer a degree in a subject that is relevant to their work, for example science and engineering.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Career tips

The Early Diversity and Summer Diversity Internship Programme help graduates and undergraduates from diverse and under-represented backgrounds to gain experience and an understanding of the Fast Stream scheme.

Movement to Work offers work experience opportunities in the Civil Service for unemployed young people.

You can find out more about the different ways to join at Civil Service Careers.

Further information

You can get more details about how to become an executive officer from Civil Service Careers.

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With experience, there’s often the opportunity to apply for jobs in different departments.

There is a clear promotion structure in the Civil Service. If you’re on the Fast Stream you can expect to reach senior level in around 5 years.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • administration skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • business management skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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