Civil Service Human Resources Function
The role of the Civil Service Human Resources Function, the services and standards it is responsible for and how it builds professional skills in the Civil Service.
The Civil Service Human Resources (CSHR) function leads on people policies, processes and campaigns for civil servants working in the UK and around the world.
We work on a diverse range of areas including pay and reward, talent management, people policies, strategic workforce planning and learning and development.
We are composed of over 3,500 people, across 40 departments and agencies, lead by Chief People Officer Rupert McNeil.
Although we work across a huge and varied amount of subjects, our role is simple: to help government work better and more efficiently.
The vision is a Civil Service that is motivated and high performing, with the skills to achieve our priorities.
Our professionals work across departments helping develop cultures and behaviours appropriate to a modern Civil Service.
We also centrally manage a number of Expert Services, which provide professional advice, thereby reducing duplication across government.
For civil servants working in HR, further information can be found on OneHR.
Career opportunities and professional development
Civil servants can access the the HR Profession website on Civil Service Learning for information on learning opportunities, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) accreditation and professional networking.
For information about current HR vacancies in the Civil Service please visit the Civil Service Jobs website.
HR Fast Stream
The HR Fast Stream is a demanding 3-year programme, which involves 2 18-month placements in 2 different Civil Service departments and areas of HR to prepare for senior HR management roles. The HR Fast Stream does not require applicants to have any previous HR experience.
HR Accelerated Development Schemes
Accelerated Development Schemes are centrally run to develop staff with the ability, potential and aspiration to progress to higher grades. The schemes focus on personal leadership development and the role of HR in building organisational effectiveness. Participants complete cross-government projects to build networks and skills, and increase their understanding of challenges that other Civil Service departments are facing.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
We encourage all HR professionals to achieve professional membership of CIPD. Many departments offer staff working in HR the option to complete CIPD qualifications or the Experience Assessment. The latter involves demonstrating existing skills to gain professional accreditation.
There are a number of people-related standards that apply to all civil servants. These provide a basic level all must adhere to:
- the Civil Service Commission management code outlines civil servants’ terms and conditions of service for government departments and agencies
- the Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles explain the legal requirement that selection for appointment to the Civil Service must be on merit on the basis of fair and open competition. They also set out the circumstances in which appointments can be made as exceptions to this requirement, and describe the responsibilities of departments and agencies in meeting this requirement
- the Civil Service Compensation Scheme sets out the level of compensation departments can pay their staff if they leave under voluntary or compulsory redundancy
- Civil Service Pension Scheme (Cabinet Office introduced a new pension scheme, alpha, in April 2015. This new scheme is set out in separate legislation - in the Public Service (Civil Service And Others) Pension Scheme regulations)
- the Employer Pension Guide tells you what you, as an employer, need to know about Civil Service pension arrangements, and your responsibilities in delivering the arrangements to your staff
- Civil Service settlement agreements, special severance payments and confidentiality clauses (Cabinet Office guidance explaining the principles and process to be followed when considering the use of settlement agreements when terminating employment)
Cabinet Office spending controls apply for the following:
- there are controls on external recruitment to manage pay bill costs. Full details, including exemptions, are in Annex 10 - External Recruitment
- the Civil Service Learning Gateway replaces all other Learning and Development procurement guidance. Details are in Annex 11 - Learning and development (Civil Service Learning)
Published: 20 January 2016
From: Civil Service