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We're the government's economic and finance ministry, employing around 1,000 people across a number of different groups, mainly in policy roles.

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About HM Treasury

The work of HM Treasury touches life in more ways than you probably ever imagined. From local devolution to international tax evasion, our graduates develop policies that drive governmental decisions and make a real difference to millions of people all over the UK every day.

Your Career

What to expect

We maintain control over public spending, decide how money is raised from taxpayers, set the direction of the UK's economic policy and work to achieve strong and sustainable economic growth. It means we influence every policy across every government department.

About the role

We're now looking for Policy Advisers to join our graduate programme in April 2017 and September 2017. You'll be working on the biggest issues facing the country and have a real impact on peoples' lives. Working with the guidance and support of a manager and wider team, previous Policy Advisers have:

  • Negotiated on Iran sanctions
  • Developed the Government's first Islamic Finance bond
  • Negotiated the return of loans to Icelandic banks following the 2008 financial crisis
  • Developed regional devolution agreements, devolving
  • powers to local areas

Whatever the policy area you work in, we don't think you can find responsibility, challenge or fulfilment like it anywhere else.

About the programme

The programme is three years long, with two 18-month rotations. You?ll have an initial 2.5 weeks of training, covering how parliament works, policy making and the legal framework, stakeholder management and workplace communication skills.

After this you'll spend 18 months in your first policy area developing deep subject matter knowledge, while researching, analysing and evaluating complex data to develop or enhance policy ideas. You will write briefings for Ministers and senior managers. You could be responding to written questions from MPs or members of the public. There's every chance you'll be managing challenging projects too. Throughout, you can expect to work with all sorts of government departments, external organisations and individuals to debate and shape policy.

At the end of the 18 months, you'll have real expertise in that specific area - it could be anything from higher education or international tax avoidance to public health or infrastructure spending. You'll then spend your next 18 months in another policy area. Depending on your preferences and the needs of the department, you could deepen your knowledge in one area, or work in a different area to broaden your experience.

About you

You don't need to be an economist to join us. We're looking for people with ideas. Whatever your degree discipline, if you have the resilience to handle ambiguity, to take on unprecedented challenges and to do work that matters to the entire nation, we'd like to hear from you. In addition, you'll also have:

  • A 2.1 degree in any discipline
  • The right to work in the UK as an EEA, Commonwealth, Swiss or Turkish national. You'll also need to pass security clearance.
  • The ability to get complex ideas across clearly and concisely, particularly in writing. You'll also need to explain sensitive information verbally and in layman' s terms when necessary
  • Strong analytical abilities with the ability to look at problems from different angles
  • An interest in working in public policy
  • The ability to handle lots of responsibility
  • The resilience to think flexibly and cope with changes to situations and priorities
  • The ability to manage multiple stakeholders with differing viewpoints

In return, we can offer a stimulating and supportive environment working with smart people who want to make a real difference throughout the UK. You'll enjoy a high level of responsibility from the very beginning, and you'll advise on policies that matter to everyone in the country.


  • 25 days' annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus public holidays and the Queen's birthday
  • Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours)
  • Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions
  • Onsite restaurant, coffee bar, gym, showers & prayer room
  • Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme, season ticket advances and payroll giving
  • Support towards the cost of childcare
  • A Rental Deposit Advance Scheme which helps employees to meet the total costs of deposits for privately rented homes, which can sometimes act as a barrier to moving
  • Sports and social networks


From a structured induction to flexible learning, tailored mentoring and on-going development, you'll have all the opportunities you need to develop your skills and expertise.

Your induction will give you an in-depth introduction to HM Treasury and the wider scope of the Civil Service and Parliament. Then as you start to learn the ropes as a Policy Adviser, you'll have access to a mixture of training, e-learning, seminars, mentoring, and professional development.

Your training will be tailored to meet your individual needs and covers a wide range of topics. As well as knowledge in areas related to our work, such as economics, public finances, and the different policy areas we're responsible for, it also covers communicating with ministers, managing projects and engaging with stakeholders.

As you continue to develop your skills, you may choose to focus on specialist areas such as economics, finance, tax, public spending or policy project delivery.


"If you're looking for something that's challenging, rewarding and will give you a good avenue to develop yourself professionally, I'd definitely recommend it." - Alwyn
"I enjoy that it really is challenging and I'm given real responsibility. It satisfies my desire to learn more and to be engaged in quite complex work." - Jahnavi
"From here you can go on secondment to embassies in different countries, you can go to other government departments, you can move around the Treasury - there are so many opportunities." - Christian