Guidance

Civil Service competency framework

An outline of the skills and behaviours expected of civil servants. Job vacancies will list whether the post uses this framework, or the Success Profiles.

Documents

Civil Service competency framework

Details

Competencies are the skills, knowledge and behaviours that lead to successful performance. This document sets out 10 competencies, which are grouped into 3 areas:

  • setting direction
  • engaging people
  • producing results

The majority of departments now use Success Profiles. Please check the details in the job description of vacancies that you are applying for to see if the post is using Success Profiles or the Civil Service Competency Framework.

The Civil Service will complete its move to Success Profiles by 6 January 2019.

Published 31 July 2012
Last updated 6 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Link added to the "Success Profiles" GOV.UK page. The Civil Service will complete its move to Success Profiles by 6 January 2019.
  2. Updated to reference the Success Profiles.
  3. The Civil Service competency framework​ is changing the recruitment process in the Civil Service.
  4. Updated document with embedding the new Leadership Statement in the competencies framework
  5. First published.