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Eligibility and employment checks


Most civil service posts are open to UK Nationals; Commonwealth citizens, which includes British Dependent Territories citizens, British Nationals (overseas), and British Overseas citizens; British Protected persons; EEA nationals (including EFTA); and certain non-EEA family members. Further information is available from Civil Service Nationality rules

Health standard

You should be able to give regular and effective service without undue risk to your health. If successful, you will be asked to provide details of your health record on a health declaration form. This will be treated with strict confidentiality and only examined by HSE's Occupational Health Service provider.

For some posts in Offshore Division, successful candidates will be required to satisfy the UK offshore industry medical and survival training requirements.

Character checks

If you are successful, we will also carry out a check against the National Collection of Criminal Records. Our checks into your character are carried out to ensure that you are able to give satisfactory service in the future and that nothing in your past is likely to affect this or would discredit HSE or the Civil Service in general. We will seek references to cover the last three years; testimonials from you will not be accepted. Your referees should have first hand knowledge of your qualifications and experience and be able to report on your current and previous employment. If you have undertaken further education in the last five years you should give a referee employed at the institution who is best acquainted with your academic work and conduct.

Security clearance

All candidates must pass the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) level check. In addition to this, some posts require higher levels of national security clearance and successful applicants will undergo an appropriate level of security vetting. If the post requires security check level (SC) of vetting, applicants must have resided in the UK for the last 3 years in order to obtain the necessary clearance unless already held. Individual job descriptions will detail the level of security clearance required.

Further advice for applicants

Updated 2016-08-30