Recruitment guidance

Our guidance represents good practice for the recruitment of communicators to the Civil Service and for the selection of staff for promotion.

It combines good practice from the private and the public sectors with the Civil Service Commissioners’ requirement for fair and open competition. The aim is to maintain and improve professional standards across government.

Success profiles

Success Profiles are the new recruitment framework used within the Civil Service. It includes candidate overview.

The Success profiles Framework is being introduced to attract and retain people of talent and experience from a range of sectors and all walks of life, in line with the commitment in the Civil Service Workforce Plan.

The framework moves recruitment away from using a purely competency-based system of assessment. It introduces a more flexible framework that assesses candidates against a range of elements using a variety of selection methods. This will give the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, driving up performance and improving diversity and inclusivity.

Unconscious bias training

To make sure that the Civil Service secures the best people, recruitment must be conducted fairly and openly. Find out more about unconscious bias training, part of communication essentials training.