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Civil Service Junior Manager Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Civil Service Junior Manager. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Civil Service Junior Manager
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Civil Service Junior Manager Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Civil Service junior managers, or executive officers, work in a broad range of fields. There are around 100 departments, agencies and devolved administrations in the Civil Service, dealing with developing and implementing policies, researching and advising government ministers, and ensuring the smooth running of government.

Junior managers are the first line of management in the Civil Service. Duties vary with each department, but can include:

  • being in charge of a team of administrative officers, directing their work and dealing with any problems
  • being responsible for the motivation, development and appraisal of team members
  • training in a specific area of work such as fraud investigation or immigration control, and handling a case-load
  • applying complex laws and procedures to deal with problems and enquiries
  • using computer systems and databases
  • presenting reports to senior colleagues.

Hours and Environment

Most staff work 36-37 hours a week excluding breaks, although in departments where a service needs to be provided outside normal office hours, shift systems operate. Many posts operate on a flexitime system, and part-time and job-sharing opportunities are available.

Most posts are office-based, although there may be some travel involved to attend meetings, conferences or training courses. Specialist junior managers may need to visit industrial sites, business premises and other organisations depending on their departmental responsibilities.

Skills and Interests

As a Civil Service junior manager, you should:

  • be able to take responsibility and work on your own initiative without supervision
  • be good at time management, prioritising and organising your work
  • be able to manage people and resources, including allocating work and planning budgets
  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • be able to lead and motivate people
  • be able to think creatively and analyse information
  • have sound judgement and discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Computer skills, language skills and numerical skills are also useful.


Recruitment is organised by the individual departments and agencies which set their own entry requirements. All jobs have a nationality requirement. All are open to British nationals and around 75 per cent are also open to Commonwealth citizens or European Union nationals.

In many cases no formal qualifications are specified, and entrants sit aptitude tests and demonstrate the required competencies by experience or study. However, applicants may be expected to have two A levels/H grades, or equivalent qualifications. Around half of junior managers recruited are graduates.

Graduates with first or second class honours degrees can apply to the Fast Stream Development Programme, a four-year training and development package leading to more senior management posts. Entry to the Fast Stream programmes is very competitive, with around 400 candidates accepted each year. Although most degree subjects are accepted, some subjects are particularly useful for work in certain departments.

Entry to a degree course requires five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) plus two A levels/three Highers. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.


Training is through a combination of on-the-job experience learning from experienced staff and formal courses. In some posts, there may be the opportunity to study for relevant vocational qualifications such as NVQs/SVQs.

Staff are encouraged to identify their own training needs as part of an appraisal and staff development programme.


The Civil Service employs around half a million people. This makes it one of the countrys largest employers. One in five civil servants are based in London, with the majority being based in towns and cities across the country.

Vacancies are advertised in Jobcentres or Jobcentre Plus offices, the press, and increasingly on departmental web sites.

There are structured promotion systems linked to an appraisal system and it is possible to move into a more specialised area of work such as accounts or training. Most people tend to stay in the department they were recruited into, but it is possible to apply for jobs within other departments.

Fast Stream entrants can expect to become senior managers within five years.

Annual Income

The annual income section is only a guide.

On entry, junior managers can expect to earn around £14,000 to £16,000.
Depending on performance and length of service this can increase to £22,000 to £25,000.

Additional allowances are paid to staff working in London and those who work unsociable hours.

Further information

Civil Service Recruitment

Capita RAS
Innovation Court
New Street
RG21 7JB
Tel: 0870 833 3780

Other Useful Civil Service Junior Manager Work Information

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