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Professional Skills

Various Controversies


Working in Whitehall can be great fun, and very rewarding. It is good to work to improve the lives of fellow citizens, you get to influence important decisions, and you get to meet some fascinating people, a good number of them within the civil service. But new arrivals discover that they are subject to a bewildering mixture of rules, procedures and guidance, whilst at the same time they find it very difficult to obtain basic advice about how to do their job. The first set of pages, below, address this problem by providing a thorough introduction to the duties, responsibilities and working practices of Whitehall officials. I hope that they will be found helpful both by those interested in understanding the British civil service, and by those embarking on a Whitehall career.