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The programme

The Civil Service is here to serve the public, and help keep the UK prosperous and secure. We do an important role that touches millions of lives. Come back to your career through one of our flexible short-term contracts, and so could you.

Designed to be you-shaped

If life has taken you away from your career, the Civil Service Returners Programme is your route back into work. Our UK-wide placements range from 6 weeks to 6 months in length, with opportunities in every department Рfrom Finance to Diplomacy, Environment and International Development. Whatever your focus in life, there’s a role for you at the Civil Service.

Perhaps you’ve taken a break from work for personal reasons, or maybe you’re moving away from a career in the military. Either way, the Returners Programme will help you experience the breadth and variety of roles we offer, and in a way that fits with your life. Our placements will give you a three-day week, the option to work from home, and flexible hours. Crucially, you’ll have the support and encouragement you need to make it all work for you. It’s about getting your confidence in great shape to apply for other roles at the Civil Service.

All kinds of wonderful

It’s important for you to know that all kinds of people make the Civil Service what it is. This means we offer a vibrant, welcoming work environment. And it’s somewhere that will value the skills and experience you bring, whatever journey life has taken you on.

Today, we are more than 420,000 people across the UK, united by a strong sense of public service, as well as our values of integrity, honesty, impartiality and objectivity. We’re building a truly diverse workforce that reflects the population we serve. And that means we’re opening up new opportunities for people to return to work on the terms that are right for them.

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Are you eligible?

If you’ve taken time out of your career for at least 2 years, or you’re currently engaged in work that doesn’t make the best use of your skills and qualifications, you’re eligible to apply for the Civil Service Returners Programme.

Application requirements may differ, depending on the role you’re applying for. However, it’s likely that we’ll ask you to provide a CV and supporting statement. Within this, it’s really important that you tell us about your time out of the labour market.

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