Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.

Selection process details

Applications are being invited from current and former permanent secretaries. If you are interested in the role, please contact the Office of the First Civil Service Commissioner in the first place for more details about the role and a copy of the candidate pack ([email protected]).

Applications should be sent to [email protected] by the deadline of 12 noon on Friday 17 July.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.