The Civil Service Nationality Rules govern eligibility for employment in the Civil Service on the grounds of nationality and must therefore be followed by the SPS in our recruitment and appointment procedures.

In accordance with Civil Service Nationality Rules, from the 1st January 2021, the following groups will be able to work in the non-reserved posts within the Civil Service:

  • UK nationals
  • Nationals of Commonwealth countries
  • Nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • European Economic Area (EEA) nationals with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme
  • Relevant EEA or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • Relevant EEA or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • Certain family members of the relevant EU & Turkish nationals

There are certain very limited exceptions to the general prohibition on the employment of nationals from other countries. You can access the full Civil Service Nationality Rules here.  

Eligibility for employment by the SPS will be checked at the initial stages of the recruitment process and verified prior to any formal offer of employment being made.