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Size, structure and location of the civil service

Find the latest information about the size, structure, location and make-up of the civil service.

Our research explains how the civil service works, in what ways it is changing and what this means for its priorities in the future.

The explainers, reports, events, comment pieces and podcasts below analyse the latest data about the civil service when it comes to its: structure and changing size across departments; geographical spread across the UK and efforts to relocate civil servants outside London; skills, professions and functions; diversity of background and experience; and its pay and grade structures.

A crossroads for diversity and inclusion in the civil service: Assessing the 2022 D&I strategy

Government departments need more guidance and targets to improve diversity and inclusion.

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Future leaders: building a diverse and inclusive public sector

How can current leaders create public sector workforces that reflect wider society?

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Speakers on stage at an event at the IfG.