Understanding the Civil Service

This website provides a thorough introduction to the duties, responsibilities and working practices of Whitehall officials. It also contains detailed information about civil service numbers, pay, pensions etc. as well as a detailed history of civil service reform and a great deal of advice for new recruits. Other sections focus on specific subjects such as Women Civil Servants, Special Advisers and Ministerial Directions.

Scroll down this page to access all areas of the site. There is also a comprehensive online library. And you might like to use this search facility:-

Those interested in other aspects of government might like to investigate other Understanding Government websites which look at policy making, 'speaking truth to power', and regulation.

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