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Why a career in the diplomatic service
Why a career in the Diplomatic Service?

  • Challenging work that often makes a difference to people’s lives

  • Very early responsibility

  • Experience a great variety of work

  • Excellent training and support

Who we are
Who we are

  • The lead government department handling foreign affairs working in two key areas:

    • Foreign policy

    • Service delivery overseas

What we do
What we do

  • We deal on a daily basis with:

    • Climate change

    • Human rights

    • Helping British citizens abroad

    • Conflict resolution

    • Forced marriages

    • Trade and investment

    • Counter terrorism

      and so much more…

Entry routes

  • Policy Entrants

  • Administrative Grade Recruitment

  • Recruitment of specialists

Affect lives work with government
Affect lives – work with Government

  • The Diplomatic Service policy entrant - a demanding graduate entry point into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  • An opportunity to work directly with members of the public and government ministers

  • Could you make a difference to national life, turn policy into reality?

Graduate fast stream www faststream gov uk
Graduate Fast

Seven options:

  • Diplomatic Service

  • European Fast Stream

  • Central Departments

  • Science & Engineering

  • House of Commons

  • Economists

  • Statisticians

Graduate fast stream
Graduate Fast Stream

The Diplomatic Service Options:

  • The Diplomatic Service*

  • Economists

What you will do
What you will do

  • First two training years in London

    • One year doing Policydeliverywork

    • One year doing Servicedeliverywork

  • Then abroad in one of 200 embassies, high commissions or consulates around the globe for two to three years mainly focusing on policy

Training and career development
Training and Career Development

  • A personal training programme

  • Mentoring and buddying

  • Coaching and e-learning

  • On-the-job training

  • Self study

  • National School of Government


  • Starting salary from around £29,000

  • Choice of pension costing a maximum of 3.5% of salary

  • 25 days holiday, plus 10.5 public holidays

  • Flexible working widely available

  • Opportunities to work internationally

Entry requirements
Entry Requirements

  • A 2:2 degree in any discipline*

  • All Diplomatic Service posts are open to UK nationals only

Security vetting
Security Vetting

  • All our permanent staff must pass Developed Vetting

  • Tests you are not susceptible to pressure from other organisations

  • Your finances, criminal record and work and residency history will be checked

  • Strict no drugs policy

How the scheme works
How the scheme works

  • Online application betweenSeptember and November annually

    • includes online verbal, numeric self-assessment with feedback provided

  • Online cognitive and non-cognitive tests

  • Invigilated ½ day e-Tray exercise

  • Two One-day Assessment Centres*

Assessment centre
Assessment Centre

If you are successful in the online tests you’ll be invited to our assessment centre in London:

  • Group exercise

  • Briefing exercise

  • Policy Recommendation exercise

  • Interview

    It will be a stimulating experience and feedback is provided!

What is being assessed
What is being assessed?

Our assessment process is wholly competency based and tests:

  • Drive for results

  • Learning and improving

  • Decision-making

  • Constructive thinking

  • Building productive relationships

  • Communicating with impact

Www faststream gov uk

  • Please visit the web site

  • There are profiles of current Fast Streamers to read that will give you a flavour of the work we do

  • Remember, application is online - and it’s not a good idea to go to the wire on the closing date!

Administrative grades
Administrative Grades

  • Administrative Assistants

  • Executive Assistants

  • Check

Specialist recruitment
Specialist Recruitment

  • Specialists provide invaluable knowledge and expertise to a wide variety of FCO roles

  • Recruitment dependent on business need, check

  • The range of skills they bring is extensive and includes:

    • Research & analysis

    • Legal expertise

    • Accountancy & finance skills

    • Audit, compliance and risk analysis

    • Information technology

Work experience
Work Experience

Visit our website

for details on the following:

  • We participate in Cabinet Office’s Summer Development and Placement Schemes

    • For more details please go to


  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office blogsite - Global Conversations:

  • Daily accounts of what it’s really like to work for us

  • Bloggers include the Foreign Secretary, Ambassadors, Operational Officers and many more…


Open to all
Open to all

  • Our recruitment policy is aimed at bringing in a talented and diverse workforce that represents the society that we serve.

  • We actively seek applications from all sections of society and offer positions to suitably qualified individuals regardless of ethnicity, religion, social/educational background, age, disability or sexual orientation.

  • Appointments at all levels of the FCO are made on the basis of merit.

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