In our previous blog, we ran through many of the different UK Civil Service departments. However, the list is just so extensive that we couldn’t cover them all in one blog! As you’ll probably be aware, the UK Civil Service is set up to cover just about any aspect of public life that you can think of. From public service roles to engineering, there’s a job for every person in the Civil Service, whatever your interests or skillset. In the second part of this Civil Service guide, we’ll be looking at some more departments and what they do – to help identify which are the perfect civil service careers for you!
Department for International Development
The Department for International Development is one of the leading international bodies in the fight against challenges such as poverty and disease. The UK Civil Service takes enormous pride in playing such an important role in global wellbeing, and they are committed to the idea of building a healthier world, for everybody.
The Department for International Development employs 2,500+ staff, all of whom are involved in operations focused on securing global peace, and responding to humanitarian issues.
Department for International Trade
The Department for International Trade is responsible for ensuring that the UK plays a leading role in global trade operations, and that the UK maintains a steady and healthy influence across the world. The Department for International Trade doesn’t just focus on global initiatives, but also on domestic trade and economical issues too. They have a network of over 3,500 people, across hundreds of different countries, making this an ideal department for anyone seeking to extend their understanding of global trade matters.
Department for Transport
The Department for Transport plays an essential role in UK public transport matters, and in UK transport infrastructure. Public transport in the UK has a fundamental impact on business operations, agriculture, and just about every other business sector that you can think of. Employees of the Department for Transport work diligently behind the scenes, ensuring that UK public transport is kept ticking over and fully functioning, for the good of the nation.
Department for Work and Pensions
The Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for areas such as pension payments, and child maintenance. They also cover payments for disability benefits and sick benefits – covering over 20 million people with the services they offer. The department plays an essential role in the welfare of the citizens of Britain, and as of 2019 is the single largest government department in the UK.
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
The DVLA is an enormous enterprise, and covers far more just driving licenses, number plates and vehicle tax. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency are responsible for ensuring that UK roads are amongst the safest in the entire world, but they also focus on digital innovation, creating essential road-based apps such as SatNav, road tax online services, and frontline administration services.
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency provide front line driving services to the UK. This includes administrating driving test centres, hiring vehicle standards assessors, traffic inspectors, administering MOTs, and training people to become driving instructors. If you’re interested in the automotive industry, and also have a desire to help and teach others, this could be the perfect career for you!
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The Foreign Office (FCO) deals with UK overseas affairs, and handles UK representation in areas such as the Middle East and Africa. The FCO assists British citizens in the event that they run into issues abroad, including replacing travel documents or passports, helping people with contacting local medical staff, and offering legal advice where necessary. The staff of the FCO work in UK embassies throughout the world, and are there to help when you need them.
Government Legal Department
The Government Legal Department supports Civil Service/government departments by providing legal advice on matters such as policy, decision-making, government representation in court, construction, trade, and human rights. The Government Legal Department has an enormous bearing on many aspects of public life, and their legal advice and guidance factors heavily into issues discussed in Parliament, which are then implemented into UK life.
HM Land Registry
HM Land Registry deals with, in simple terms, the ownership of land, property and other such assets, in England and Wales. They are an innovative, modern department, who are constantly setting up new and improved methods of conveyancing, to make things simpler for the UK public and landowners alike. There are over 5,000 people working for HM Land Registry, making it one of the largest departments in the Civil Service, and a huge variety of positions available.
Civil Service Careers: Part 3
Want to find out more about Civil Service Careers? Check back here next week, for the third part in our extensive Civil Service department series!