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Job Description

As a Civil Service Administrator you work in government departments, carrying out policies and running services for the public.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


You could do an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in business and administration.

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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You could join the Civil Service as an administrative assistant. You'll usually need at least 2 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C).

You could then apply for a post as an administrative officer when vacancies become available.

Direct application

You could apply directly to join the Civil Service as an administrative officer. You'll usually need at least 5 GCSEs. You may need A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for some administrative jobs.

You may also find it useful to have experience in related work like office administration or customer service.

As part of the application process, you'll be tested on your ability to:

  • work well in a team
  • communicate with others
  • work with numbers

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

Career Tips

Movement to Work offers work experience opportunities in the Civil Service for unemployed young people.

You can find out more about working as an administrative officer from Civil Service Careers.

Career path and progression

With experience, you'll deal with more complex enquiries, or take on more specialist work related to your department.

With further training, you could apply to become a Civil Service executive officer.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Admin assistant
  • Local government officer
  • Assistant immigration officer
  • Civil service executive officer
  • Diplomatic service officer

Required Skills

  • good organisational skills
  • able to understand complex issues
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • commitment to self development
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail

Salary Range

£18,000 to £24,500

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