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Join our Diplomatic Service Economics Fast Stream

Diplomatic Economists work on some of the most diverse and rewarding projects in government.

Location: London and overseas

What you will be doing

The award-winning Fast Stream is the leadership development programme that develops the highest potential graduates to become the future leaders of the Civil Service. Joining the Fast Stream offers the unique opportunity to make a difference to the whole of society. The Civil Service supports the government of the day to implement its policies effectively. Fast Streamers help to shape the decisions that will affect everyone’s lives and to deliver the public services that we all rely on.

As a Diplomatic Economist Fast Streamer your work will allow you to focus on both country specific projects as well as thematic projects that look across international borders. This will place you at the heart of global macroeconomic policy and international relations.

No two Diplomatic Economists will share the same career path and you’ll spend a large part of your career overseas. You could end up working on post-conflict reconstruction or manage relationships with our biggest trading partners. As economists, it is always important to convey our work beyond the boundaries of our profession; working in the FCO provides an excellent learning opportunity for developing these skills.

In your first year, there will be 5 weeks of required learning in the basics of how the FCO works and diplomatic tradecraft.

  • You will work within the Foreign and Commonwealth office (FCO) assessing programmes and analysing emerging trends in areas such as inequality and globalisation.
  • You will be placed in a wide range of roles with the primary purpose of making sure foreign policy is underpinned by sound economic analysis.
  • You will have outstanding access to development opportunities through the Diplomatic Academy and Government Economics Service. These services provide a large and diverse array of courses, from macroeconomic and international trade refreshers to master classes on trade policy and how to communicate effectively with ministers.

What you will have

You can choose up to 4 scheme preferences when you apply to the Fast Stream. So, whether you are looking for your first graduate role, seeking to return to work, or change profession, the Fast Stream is the ideal place to progress a meaningful, fulfilling career.

We support applicants with health conditions, learning difficulties and disabilities, with their applications and through their Civil Service careers. We operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme. If you have a disability and meet the minimum qualifying criteria for your chosen scheme, you may choose to skip part of the first stage of the assessment process.

  • You have a 2:1 or above in any subject, from any university (for mixed degrees, at least 50% should be in economics)
  • You have eligibility to work in the UK (you must be a British citizen and must have been resident in the UK for at least 2 out of the last 10 years)

Company benefits: Minimum starting salary of £28,000. Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, child care vouchers and more

Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Civil Service Fast Stream

We are very proud to be voted No 1 Graduate Employer of Choice in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers. We are also Graduate Employer of Choice for the Public Sector and our HR scheme.


What we do

Our work impacts every aspect of society and our organisation is built on a culture where people genuinely matter. Over 400,000 staff work across the UK, contributing to professions as diverse as: Finance, Diplomacy, Health, Human Resources, Communications, Digital, Science and Technology.

Civil servants are united by a strong sense of purpose. And our enduring values – integrity, honesty, impartiality and objectivity – run through everything we do.

What is it like to work in the Civil Service?

The Fast Stream is an award-winning graduate leadership development programme. We offer structured development, with a choice of 15 schemes, each within a profession and the opportunity to experience multiple government departments.

Fast Streamers benefit from flexible working that enables work-life balance and a competitive salary. The minimum starting salary is between £27,000 - £28,000 with salary progression on the scheme and earnings potential on completion, of £45,000-£55,000. Vibrant face-to-face and virtual networks create social opportunities around work, such a sporting activities, special interest groups and events. The community actively supports one another and life-long friendships are frequently formed.

What type of person do we look for?

There is no typical Fast Streamer. People from all ages, cultures and backgrounds thrive on the programme. So whether you are looking for your first graduate role, seeking to return to work, or change profession, the Fast Stream is the ideal place to progress a meaningful, fulfilling career.

Each Fast Streamer’s journey is based on an agreed and unique personal development plan that will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience to be a confident, inspiring and engaging future leader.


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