Working for GAD

How to apply for jobs with the Government Actuary's Department (GAD).

Actuarial vacancies

These vacancies are advertised through The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries website and the Civil Service Job Search website.

Non actuarial vacancies

All vacancies, which are open to external applicants, are also advertised on the Civil Service Job Search website.

Trainee Actuary Programme

Recruitment for trainee actuaries in the Government Actuary’s Department is currently closed and will open in late 2018. Please check this page nearer the time for further information or the Civil Service Job Search website.

Vetting policy

Extract From GAD’s Employment Vetting Policy.

Application of vetting rules for new and existing staff.

Before an offer of employment is made the Cabinet Office requires all potential employees intending to work in a government department to complete appropriate vetting checks.

The purpose of conducting rigorous employment vetting checks is to:

  • Ensure that all new employees are entitled to undertake the employment in question and, where appropriate, meet nationality rules for the Civil Service.

  • Guard against the employment of anyone posing as a prospective employee for commercial or personal gain. The minimum standard of vetting that all government employees and contractors must have is the HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS).

The HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) is one of four levels of personnel security controls currently available to departments and agencies depending on the level of assurance required. BPSS is the minimum security level that all employees working in GAD must meet. The other three levels of assurance are collectively known as National Security Vetting (NSV) clearances and these are: Counter-Terrorist Check (CTC), Security Check (SC) and Developed Vetting (DV).

The BPSS requires the verification of the following elements prior to commencing employment with GAD:

  • identity
  • employment history (past three years)
  • nationality and immigration status, including permission to work in the UK
  • criminal record (unspent convictions only) and
  • qualifications and Professional memberships

Only original documents should be used for identification purposes. Copies are not appropriate.

The BPSS represents best practice in recruitment controls and similar personnel security measures are recommended by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) for individuals who are employed across the national infrastructure. See also “A Good Practice Guide on Pre-employment Screening” at

For further information please see “Risk assessment for personnel security - a guide” on the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) website -

Guidance is also available on the Cabinet Office’s website:

Equality and diversity

We are committed to diversity and promote equality of opportunity. We recruit, hire, train and promote people in all job roles regardless of race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability.

Please see GAD’s equal opportunities policy statement

How to make a complaint

If you wish to complain about any part of our recruitment process, please email our Human Resources Director Wendy Dabinett.

If you are not satisfied with the response you can contact the Civil Service Commission.