The Government Economic Service Sandwich Student Placement Scheme

This scheme is only open to students in their penultimate year of undergraduate study and who are on track for a 2:1 or 1st class degree.


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The GES Sandwich Student Placement 2020-21 scheme is now closed. The next scheme will open in Autumn 2020.

Eligibility Requirements

This scheme is only open to students in their penultimate year of undergraduate study and who are on track for a 2:1 or 1st class degree.

To be eligible applicants must be studying for a degree in economics or a joint degree where economics comprises at least 50% of the total course, studied so far. You must also be on course for a 2:1 or 1st class degree (based on your 1st year results). More information on the eligibility criteria can be found in our Application guidance.

How to Apply

The instructions for the next scheme (2021-22) will be available here in Autumn 2020.

For candidates who have applied for the 2020-21 scheme:

Candidates who are successful at the sift stage are advised that you will be randomly allocated to any of the participating departments.

Candidates who are unsuccessful at the sift stage will not be given any feedback or comments. If you do not hear from us within 2 months of deadline, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. Please note that some departments require candidates to have a UK footprint for 3 years to get security clearance i.e. HO, HMT, MHCLG, MoJ and some other departments.


Candidates who are successful at the sift stage will be invited for interview at one of the participating Departments. Interviews are likely to take place between November-December (dates differ between departments) and are done on a face-to-face basis. Sample interview questions are provided on the Interview Examples page.

Re-join GES after your placement

We announced an enhancement to the already successful sandwich placement scheme by making an offer of a permanent contract (subject to security clearance) to those students to take up upon graduation (in the department they do a placement) and who:

• Are on track for a minimum 2:1 degree in Economics

• Are assessed to have successfully completed their placement by their line managers

• Have passed a Civil Service Economic Assessment Centre towards the end of their placement

This means that the placement scheme is now a gateway to a career as a government economist.

Please note: Some departments may not be able to offer a permanent contract if successful at EAC and you will be informed of this, should this be the case.

Equal Opportunities

The Civil Service is an Equal Opportunities employer. Candidates with disabilities (as defined in the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act) can choose to declare on their application form that they require adjustments at interview, for which we can make a range of provisions. Please contact us should you have any questions regarding this – we would be happy to help.

We are interested in your skills and aptitudes. We have no preferences for particular backgrounds or universities. We want to reflect the diversity of the country we serve.

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Complaints procedure

Complaints must be submitted in writing/email and addressed to:

Head of GESR Recruitment
GESR Team, 1 Blue HM Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road London SW1A 2HQ

Please provide the fullest account possible of the circumstances surrounding your complaint.

If you do not submit your complaint within a year after the campaign took place, we will not be obliged to consider it.

Our commitment to you

• we will aim to acknowledge your complaint within three working days of its receipt

• we will take your complaint seriously, give it high priority and investigate it fully and impartially

• we will aim to send you a full written response to your complaint within 20 working days of its receipt. If this is not possible, we will let you know, and explain why

• if your complaint is upheld, we shall take action to ensure that the event complained does not recur

• if your complaint is not upheld, we will advise you of options for pursuing it further, should you wish to do so

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil service code sets out the standards of behavior expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Published 4 September 2015
Last updated 9 September 2019 + show all updates
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  4. The GES Sandwich Scheme is now closed and the application form has been removed.

  5. Details of new scheme now available

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  9. The Government Economic Service 2017-18 sandwich student placement scheme is now closed.

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  11. Updated with details on how to apply for a 2017/18 Government Economic Service sandwich student placement.

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