Executive Recruitment
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FAQs

1. Can I apply if I am not currently a civil servant?

Yes. This role is open to suitably qualified people in the external market and to existing civil servants and those in accredited Non-Departmental Bodies.

2. Is this role suitable for part-time working?

The majority of roles are available for full time working or flexible working arrangements (including job share partnerships). Part time roles may also become available. If you wish to discuss your needs in more detail please get in touch with dft@gatenbysanderson.com

3. Will the role involve travel?

Some travel to other sites may be required.

4. Where will the role be based?

Birmingham, Leeds and London. Relocation costs will not be reimbursed.

5. Can I claim back any expenses incurred during the recruitment process?

No. We will not reimburse you, except in exceptional circumstances and only when agreed in advance.

6. What nationality do I need to hold in order to apply?

To be eligible for employment to this role you must be a national from the following countries:

● The United Kingdom

● The Republic of Ireland

● The Commonwealth* 

● A European Economic Area (EEA) Member State 

● Switzerland 

● Turkey

Certain family members of EEA, Switzerland and Turkish nationals are also eligible to apply regardless of their nationality.
(*Commonwealth citizens not yet in the UK, who have no right of abode in the UK and who do not have leave to enter the UK are ineligible to apply.) For further information on whether you are eligible to apply, please visit Gov.UK.

7. Reserved for UK Nationals

Certain posts, notably those concerned with security and intelligence, might be reserved for British citizens, but this will not normally prevent access to a wide range of developmental opportunities within the Civil Service.

This post is not reserved.

8. Is security clearance required?

Yes. If successful you will need to hold, or be prepared to apply for clearance to SC level clearance. You may also be required to undertake DV level clearance once in post. More information about the vetting process can be found here.

9. What workplace adjustments can be made if I am disabled?

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments in order to support disabled job applicants and ensure that you are not disadvantaged in the recruitment and assessment process.  If you feel that you may need a reasonable adjustment to be made, or you would like to discuss your requirements in more detail, please contact: dft@gatenbysanderson.com in the first instance.

10. Do you offer a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for Disabled Persons?

Disabled applicants who meet the minimum selection criteria in the job specification are guaranteed an interview. Selection will be on merit. If you wish to claim a guaranteed interview under the Disability Confident scheme you should complete the relevant section of the online application. It is not necessary to state the nature of your disability.

11. Will this role be overseen by the Civil Service Commission?

No. However, the recruitment process will still be governed by the Civil Service Commission's Recruitment Principles.

12. What do I do if I want to make a complaint?

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact Julie.Arlott@dft.gov.uk in the first instance.

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission.

13. What should I do if I think that I have a conflict of interest?

Candidates must note the requirement to declare any interests that might cause questions to be raised about their approach to the business of the Department. If you believe that you may have a conflict of interest please contact: dft@gatenbysanderson.com before submitting your application.