Make your mark on some of the most important economic and financial issues facing the country

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4 years






Strong financial management is vitally important in the Civil Service. You'll help shape the government's financial policy and make sure that public services are delivered effectively and efficiently - and gain a professional accountancy qualification in the process.


  • you need to be eligible to work in the UK
  • you need, or expect to have, a 2:1 or higher in any degree subject
  • existing civil servants can apply without a degree

What to expect

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You’ll get the opportunity to engage with senior stakeholders both inside and outside of government from day one. You’ll build relationships and help to put finance at the centre of the decision-making process. As a Finance Fast Streamer, you'll work in some of the most fascinating environments in government and will be part of a 10,000-strong finance community. 

What do they say

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Government Finance - Protecting Value. Driving Value. Adding Value.

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What’s in it for you

Learning and development

You’ll get support to become a Civil Service finance professional, including:

  • a buddy to help you prepare to join the Fast Stream, and to settle into the department
  • a qualified and trained mentor
  • learning and development in areas such as influencing and communication
  • opportunities to do high-profile work, including cross-government projects
  • a variety of experience to equip you with a broad range of technical skills

You’ll also be supported to gain a full professional qualification. You’ll get help to choose which qualification is most suitable for your career interest and direction. You’ll meet members of the professional bodies, including their current students and recently qualified accountants.

The Fast Stream will also:

  • pay for you to register with the professional body and tuition provider
  • pay for your learning materials, tuition, exams and any exemption fees, plus the body’s annual membership fee
  • give you study leave

Up to £55k

If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you could earn around £45k to £55k.



You’ll have a unique chance to work on issues that really matter, and to gain experience internally and externally. It’s the best foundation for promotion and long-term progression. 

Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to £55k, while other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, childcare assistance and more. 

Application process


Online tests

The online tests consist of 2 questionnaires, an e-tray exercise and a video interview. We recommend you do some practice questions: Situational judgement questions.

You'll only move on to the next test, if you've successfully passed the previous one.


Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests, you'll be invited to attend a half-day assessment at one of our assessment centres in either London or Newcastle.

We'll ask you to take part in a series of exercises. This includes a leadership exercise, a group exercise and an analysis exercise.


Final selection

If you are successful at the assessment centre, you’ll be invited to take part in a final selection process.

The specialist assessments will assess your broad capabilities and motivation to be part of the profession you’ve chosen. You’ll be sent detailed guidance before the assessment to explain what is involved.

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