Civil Service Fast Stream kicks off recruitment round for over 800 posts

Selection of available jobs includes 244 roles for generalist officials
Fast streamers working at the Government Digital Service. Photo: GDS/flickr

By Richard Johnstone

25 Sep 2020

The Civil Service Fast Stream has launched its latest recruitment round, with more than 800 posts being advertised.

The graduate training scheme, which places fast streamers at a host of different departments throughout the programme dependent on the scheme they are part of, opened for applications with the announcement that it has been named the top graduate employer in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers listing for the second year in row.

The options, which are available on the Civil Service Jobs site, indicate that fast streamers could this year apply across 14 schemes for 843 posts.

They are:

Property Fast Stream: 20 posts

Finance Fast Stream: 35 posts

Human Resources Fast Stream: 56 posts

Government Social Research Fast Stream 59 posts

Commercial Fast Stream: 46 posts

Diplomatic Service Fast Stream: 10 posts

Government Statistical Fast Stream: 40 posts

Diplomatic Service Economics Fast Stream: 5 posts

Digital, Data & Technology Fast Stream: 59 posts

Government Economic Service Fast Stream: 100 posts

Generalist Fast Stream: 244 posts

Project Delivery Fast Stream: 70 posts

Science and Engineering Fast Stream: 40 posts

Government Operational Research Fast Stream: 59 posts

Houses of Parliament Fast Stream: 5 posts

The Government Communication Service is not part of this year's recruitment round, according to the Fast Stream website.

"GCS is committed to continuous improvement and as part of that process they have recently held an in-depth review into their Fast Stream programme that has been running since 2015," the site says.

"Following that review, they have decided to pause the programme for a year so they can look at strengthening the programme. This means they will not be recruiting a new Fast Stream cohort to join us in 2021.

"GCS remains absolutely committed to developing and retaining talent and improving all their accelerated development programmes, including the Fast Stream."

However, the announcement also comes as the government is undertaking wide-ranging reforms to the profession.

The Fast Stream is very popular, and receives in excess of 30,000 applications a year. For most schemes, the selection process includes six assessment phases: online tests, work based scenarios, a video Interview, a Fast Stream assessment centre, and a final selection board interview.

Fast streamers play a part in many areas of government policy, with the FDA trade union recently highlighting their role in Brexit delivery.

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