BENEFITS OF WORKING FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE - Department of International Trade

Whatever your role, we take your career and  development seriously, and want to enable you to build a really successful career with the Department and  wider Civil Service.

It is crucial that our employees have the right  skills to develop their careers and meet the  challenges ahead, and you’ll benefit from  regular performance and development reviews  to ensure this development is ongoing. As a  Civil Service employee, you’ll be entitled to a  large range of benefits.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Civil Service values and supports all its employees.

For example, we have strong and pro- active staff networks, special leave policies for hospital appointments, reasonable adjustments put in place for those who need them, and diversity talent programmes to help everyone irrespective of background, to achieve their potential.

Generous Annual Leave and Bank Holiday Allowance

25 days annual leave on entry, increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years’ service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays.

This will be complimented by one further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen’s Birthday.


Your pension is a valuable part of your  total reward package.

A competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken; and where your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire.

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Sick Pay

Occupational sick pay is available in line  with departmental policies.

Season Ticket and Bicycle Loan

Interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket or a new bicycle.

Staff Wellbeing

Flexible working with access to Flexible  Working Schemes allowing you to vary  your working day as long as you work  your total hours.

Generous paid maternity and paternity leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers.

Childcare benefits: Working parents can open an online childcare account and for every £8 they pay in, the government adds £2, up to a maximum of £2000 a year for each child or £4000 for a disabled child. Parents then use the funds to pay for registered childcare. Existing employees may be able to continue to claim childcare vouchers, so please check how the policy would work for you here .