The UK Civil Service is made up of an enormous variety of different departments and specialist agencies, all created with the aim of reflecting what the government does. This means that if you are seeking employment with the UK Civil Service, you have many different choices and options to consider. For some people, this can be confusing – there’s almost too much choice!
In this two-part blog, we’ll run through some of the civil service departments, and what exactly they do, with the aim of helping you to establish which is the right department for your career.
The Cabinet Office
The Cabinet Office plays a crucial role in government affairs – offering support to the Prime Minister, assisting with policy development, and contributing to the modernisation of public services. If you are someone who is interested in helping to implement key government policies, and ensuring that the UK’s public services run to maximum efficiency, then this could be the perfect department for you.
Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)
The CMA is one of the world’s most influential and largest competition monitory agencies. They ensure that all markets are being run in a fair and legal fashion, and that the general public and consumers are protected from unfair pricing strategies – such as high-profile companies merging, or online gambling laws. If you’re interested in making a difference to the public, ensuring that UK consumers are given a fair deal, and are protected from exploitation, then consider applying to the CMA.
Crown Prosecution Service
The Crown Prosecution Service are the principal prosecution authority in England and Wales. They work in tandem with other criminal justice agencies and departments to ensure that offenders are brought to justice, and that the UK is a safer place to live. This involves working on cases such as public order offences, firearms charges, fraud, and more. The Crown Prosecution Service is the ideal place to work for a person who believes strongly in justice, fairness, and protecting the wellbeing of the citizens of the UK.
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory is responsible for the science and research behind the defence of the UK. They work with Ministry of Defence on vital technology aspects, such as weapons, IT communications systems, intelligence, and more. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory was first founded in 2001, and since then has continued to grow and flourish into one of the most important agencies in the UK. If you are interested in contributing to the defence of the United Kingdom, and the science behind this defence, then this could be a perfect role for you.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are responsible for ensuring that the UK adheres to a sensible and logical industrial strategy, and that UK is at the forefront of clean energy. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy plays a leading role in the science and research behind using clean energy to sustain the nation, and are constantly finding new ways to innovate and develop.
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are responsible for ensuring that the UK is at the forefront of digital innovation, and that the UK is one of the best places in the world in which to start a digital business. The department has an enormous influence, with their reach spreading to bodies such as the UK Arts Council, sporting authorities, and more.
Department for Education
The Department for Education is the chief educatory agency in the United Kingdom, and are responsible for developing educational policies and services throughout the UK. The aim of the department is to ensure that the UK is the home of world-leading education, and to shape the very future of education within the country. If you are someone who is passionate about education, teaching, and training, this is the perfect department for you.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
DEFRA plays an essential role in the UK’s rural and environment affairs. Their responsibilities include: creating a healthier and more sustainable approach to the environment, and implementing strategies to ensure this is adhered to, increasing the efficiency and robustness of the UK farming industry, protecting wildlife and endangered species, and protecting UK citizens from natural hazards such as flooding or animal-related diseases.
Department of Health and Social Care
The Department of Health and Social Care plays a significant role in monitoring and preserving the wellbeing of many citizens within the UK. From issues such as dementia to hospital-funding, and outpatient care, the aim of the department is ultimately to ensure that every person in the UK receives the support and care that they deserve. The department are heavily involved with social care, and play a big role in NHS operations and initiatives.
Civil Service Departments: Part 2!
In our next blog, we’ll cover the rest of the Civil Service Departments in great detail. So, stay tuned for part 2! In the meantime, check out our fantastic online course on how to answer Civil Service interview questions!