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Whether you are starting to think about making an application, or wanting to know what life is like at HM Treasury, you will find the answers to commonly asked questions below.

Which office location will I be based in if a join as a graduate Policy Adviser?

You have the option of being based in our London or Darlington office when you start with us. You’ll be asked to specify which of these office locations you would like to be based at when you submit your application.

There is an option to be considered for both office locations if you are flexible, however please ensure that you make this preference clear when you apply. It’s also possible to be considered for only one of these office locations if you have a clear preference.

How long will the application and assessment process take?

The application window opens 11 October 2021 and will remain open until 12pm on 24 November 2021. Candidates should fill in the online application form, which includes a situational judgement test. Those that pass the situational judgement test will be asked to complete a verbal reasoning test. Those that pass these assessments will be progressed to the timed written questions. Following this, successful candidates will be invited to one of our virtual assessment centres which will take place in January and February 2022.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please call us on 0845 301 7999, or email us at

When can I expect to find out if I have been successful?

You should find out within 2 weeks after your assessment centre.

How many people do you expect to recruit?

We are expecting to recruit up to 50 Graduate Policy Advisers to start work in April and September 2022.

I’m not a recent graduate, can I still apply?

Yes, we welcome your application. As long as you have a 2:2, it does not matter how long it has been since you finished your degree.

Do you have a separate programme or different pay grade for Masters or PhD students?

We do not have a separate programme for those with postgraduate qualifications but we encourage you to apply to our graduate scheme. The Policy Adviser role will allow you to use the research, analysis and communication skills developed in your postgraduate study.

As you progress your career, HM Treasury values the building of expertise in particular areas of policy, such as tax and economics. This is supported by professional training programmes and additional pay allowances.

Can I choose which part of HM Treasury / which policy area I will be allocated to?

You can express an interest in an area you’d like to work in for your initial placement, but we allocate placements to successful candidates depending on graduates’ skills, background and the needs of HM Treasury. If you’re a successful candidate and you would like to express a preference, you can do so by replying to the email you receive regarding your job offer.

I didn’t obtain a 2.2 as expected, can I continue with my application?

No. HM Treasury requires a minimum 2.2 in your undergraduate degree in order to accept your application.

I didn’t get a 2.2 in my undergraduate degree but I have a Master’s, am I eligible?

No. HM Treasury requires candidates to have an undergraduate degree with a classification of 2:2 or higher (or equivalent) in order to accept your application.

How does the security vetting process work?

All staff need security clearance to be able to work in HM Treasury and job offers are conditional on this. We’ll do an initial screen soon after you apply but before invitations are issued for the assessment centre, to assess whether you are likely to be eligible for security clearance. This is based on information about your nationality and where you have been living during the last five years. If you are successful and accept a job offer, you will be asked to complete an online form so that the full security clearance process can be carried out. You’ll receive more information about the process at this point.

If I’m successful, can I defer my start date?

If you already know you aren’t available for work in April or September 2022, it’s best to wait until next year to apply.

However, if you apply successfully and there’s been a change to your circumstances that means you’re unable to start in April or September 2022, you can contact the HM Treasury recruitment team to discuss the possibility of deferring your start date. Deferrals will be considered on a case by case basis and will be for a maximum of 12 months from when you indicated you could start on your application form. Where we do offer deferrals to 2023, the deferred job offer is provisional until we have confirmed approval for 2023 recruitment numbers.

I have a disability; will this be taken into account during the assessment process?

Yes. During your application, you will have the opportunity to mention any disabilities you have and any adjustments you require. HM Treasury will take this into account and make whatever adjustments we can during the application process and assessment centre.

If you would like to talk about adjustments, please call us on 0845 301 7999, or email us at

Whether you are starting to think about making an application, or wanting to know what life is like at HM Treasury, you will find the answers to commonly asked questions below.

How does this programme differ from the Civil Service Fast Stream and Government Economics Service Fast Stream? Are you part of the Fast Stream?

We are not part of the Civil Service Fast Stream, so you need to apply to us directly via this website. These are the main differences between HM Treasury’s graduate scheme and the Fast Stream and Government Economic Service:

The main Civil Service Fast Stream is a more generalist programme and offers a different learning and development package. At HM Treasury, our scheme is more policy focused and our advisers will have two 18 month placements allowing them to develop expertise in particular areas of policy.

The analytical strands of the Fast Stream (including the Government Economic Service and Government Statistical Service) are restricted to graduates with specific degrees such as Economics and Statistics. HM Treasury is seeking applications from candidates from a range of disciplines.

Will I have a permanent job at the end of the graduate programme?

Yes. If you’re successful, you will join HM Treasury on a permanent contract. Following successful completion of your 6 month probation period, you will be a permanent staff member and Civil Servant. At the end of the three year graduate programme, you’ll be able to apply for roles internally within HM Treasury, but you will remain a permanent member of staff.

How long is it likely to be before I get promoted?

Everyone’s career path after the programme is different. Typically, Policy Advisers will have completed two to three 18-month posts in HM Treasury and undertaken the required learning and development programme prior to promotion. Promotions will depend on your ability to demonstrate that you meet the required criteria and on job availability.

Are there secondment opportunities?

There are secondment opportunities available for HM Treasury staff in other government departments, public and private sectors and international organisations. Secondments are not organised for you as part of the graduate programme, but you can apply for any that you are interested in on completion of the programme.

What support can I expect from my manager?

Policy Advisers can expect excellent line management by managers who are more experienced policy professionals and have received specific training in managing new graduates. They will offer coaching, mentoring and career support to help you achieve your full potential and develop the skills required in a professional policy role.

Alongside their immediate line manager, Policy Advisers will have access to various other senior managers and leaders who will provide them with mentoring and support.

What training and development will I get?

The graduate training programme consists of a mixture of structured and on the job learning with support from your line manager and wider Treasury colleagues. During your first 18 month posting, you’ll gain a foundation in the core skills for policy making in HM Treasury, including economics, fiscal policy and working with ministers.

To help support your career progression within the Treasury, you’ll then move into your second 18 month post through a centrally co-ordinated process. This post aims to help you learn and gain more experience in another part of the Treasury, or deepen your knowledge and skills in a specialist area.

Will I have a probation period?

Yes. Every new entrant to the Civil Service has to complete a probation period prior to being made a permanent member of staff. The probation period in HM Treasury is 6 months.

Will I join as part of a cohort?

Yes. You’ll start and go through your learning and development programme as members of a cohort. Early networking with your colleagues will be supported and encouraged.

If I'm successful when can I expect to start my new role?

Successful hires will join HM Treasury in April or September 2022.

Whether you are starting to think about making an application, or wanting to know what life is like at HM Treasury, you will find the answers to commonly asked questions below.

Do HM Treasury offer internships?

We don’t currently offer HM Treasury specific internships, but we take part in two Civil Service wide internship schemes.

Students should consider applying to the Civil Service Fast Stream’s Summer Diversity Internship Programme, or the Government Economic Service’s Summer Vacation Placement Scheme. You can find out more about eligibility criteria on their web pages.

The Government Economic Service also offers a Sandwich Student Placement Scheme, aimed at economics students who are considering a career in the GES after graduation. The placements generally last for 12 months.

I’m interested in the scheme. Can I give you my CV?

We do not accept CVs for this recruitment. Candidates need to apply online.

How do I find out what other vacancies are available?

The Civil Service Jobs website lists job opportunities in HM Treasury and in other Civil Service departments. If you create an account, you’ll be able to set up an email alert for the type of jobs you are interested in.