Qualification requirements

  • High numeracy: You must possess a 2:1 or higher numerate degree, or a 2:2 with relevant work experience or postgraduate qualification.
  • Highly numerate degrees include: Astrophysics, Data Science, Decision Science, Econometrics, Engineering, Mathematics, Operational Research, Physics and Statistics.
  • Other numerate degrees, such as Accounting, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Economics, Finance, Geography, IT, Management, Management Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Sciences and Systems Science, may be accepted if 50% or more of the modules are considered highly numerate.

Security checks

  • Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
  • Security clearance is required for some Civil Service posts. If you apply for a post requiring clearance, you may be asked to complete a security questionnaire. All applicants should be aware that a lack of sufficient background information may preclude an applicant from being granted security clearance.

Nationality requirements

  • The Civil Service is an equal opportunity employer. All GORS departments follow Cabinet Office guidance on Nationality and Immigration requirements. Please ensure you meet the criteria before applying.
  • Posts are open to British and Commonwealth citizens. Most posts are also open to nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes all the countries of the European Union, certain non-EEA nationals and Swiss nationals. 
  • Applicants will be asked about:
    • Their nationality at birth
    • Possession of any other nationality or citizenship
    • Subjections to immigration control and restrictions on continued residence or employment in the UK.
  • If you hold dual nationality (i.e. you are a British citizen and are also a national of another country) this should not preclude you from joining.
  • Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here:  Civil Service nationality rules

Posts with additional nationality requirements

Certain posts, notably those concerned with security and intelligence, might be reserved for UK nationals, but this will not normally prevent access to a wide range of developmental opportunities.

Immigration requirements

  • At the point you take up your post, you must be eligible to work in the UK. As well as meeting the Civil Service nationality requirements, you must also meet any requirements applicable to you under the UK's immigration system. It is possible to meet our nationality requirements but still not be legally entitled to work in the UK. Further details can be found on the Visas and Immigration page. Any employment will be contingent on the candidate's continued right to live and work in the UK. Applicants should be aware that their employment may be terminated should that right expire. 
  • Please also bear in mind that the application process can involve travel to the UK on more than one occasion. In these circumstances, the decision to apply is yours alone.