About us

The Civil Service Human Resources profession is building a strong HR community with a reputation for high performance and best-in-class professional development.

Civil Service Human Resources (CSHR) is one of the Civil Service professions. It provides professional development, training and networking opportunities to HR professionals across the Civil Service. The HR Profession is led by the cross-government Civil Service HR function and its Chief People Officer Rupert McNeil.

Career opportunities and professional development

We offer a variety of development experiences, such as training, talent and leadership programmes, and access to mentors.

We work closely with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). HR colleagues can work toward internationally recognised CIPD qualifications. The three levels of CIPD membership (Chartered Fellow, Chartered Member and Associate) recognise the professionalism of people at different stages of their careers.

Current civil servants who are members of the Civil Service HR Profession have access to the HR area of Civil Service Learning.

To search and apply for HR roles in the Civil Service, visit Civil Service Jobs.

Your Civil Service HR Career

We have developed job families to help HR professionals develop their HR career within the Civil Service. The job families make up the Civil Service HR career framework.

There are 9 job families in the Civil Service HR profession.

  • HR Business Partnering

  • Casework

  • Policy and Employee Relations

  • HR Operations

  • Organisation Design and Development

  • Learning and Talent

  • Strategic Workforce Planning and Resourcing

  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • Reward,

HR roles within the Civil Service are diverse, challenging and rewarding. There are around 3,500 HR professionals in the Civil Service, within the central Civil Service HR function and within departments. Belonging to the HR profession gives you access to an unrivalled network of HR professionals, with opportunities to learn from others and develop your skills. The Civil Service has a longstanding partnership with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and many roles offer the opportunity to work towards a professional qualification.