Civil service executive officer

Civil service executive officers manage departments that apply government policies and provide services to the public.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £21,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 per week

1. Entry requirements

You can only apply to be a civil servant if you are a:

Every department has its own rules but to apply you could need:

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) helps graduates and undergraduates from ethnic minorities and underrepresented backgrounds transfer to the fast stream scheme.

You could start as an administrative assistant and  work your way up to executive officer by gaining experience and passing assessments.

The Civil Service website has more information about careers and how to apply.


2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent spoken and written English

  • management skills and the ability to make decisions

  • excellent organisational skills

  • the ability to analyse data

  • IT skills

  • budget awareness

  • good judgement and the ability to apply rules fairly

3. What you'll do

You’ll be:

  • managing a team

  • training others

  • applying government plans to public services

  • preparing and presenting reports

  • analysing data

  • communicating with the public

  • advising government representatives

  • managing a budget

  • handling a caseload

  • updating files

You could work in one of 170 civil service departments like:

  • Ministry of Defence

  • Home Office

  • Department for Education

  • Office for National Statistics

  • Public Health England

  • National Crime Agency

Working for the Civil Service has more information about what you’ll do.

4. Salary

Starter: £21,000 to £24,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £27,000

Highly Experienced: £28,000 to £30,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll work around 37 hours a week Monday to Friday. In some departments you may be required to work on a shift basis which would include evenings, weekends and public holidays.

You would be office-based, although there may be some travel to attend meetings, training courses and visiting other organisations. 

6. Career path and progression

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

Last updated: 26 September 2016