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Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Our company in a nutshell

The FCO is the UK government department responsible for protecting and promoting British interests around the world, through the FCO in London and our network of 270 diplomatic posts in 160 countries.


We employ a diverse range of talented people capable of delivering to a high standard, often under pressure and sometimes in difficult places.


We want the modern FCO to reflect the very best of 21st century Britain and encourage applications from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of background or circumstances. Our Diversity and Equality Report 2016 includes data on the equality impact of the Foreign Office's employment practices and activities.


In return, we guarantee a fascinating, personally rewarding career at the centre of world events. The FCO regularly scores highly in surveys of "employers graduates would most like to work for". For example, we have moved up to 4th place in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2016-17.


Our staff


The FCO employs around 14,000 staff around the world. Roughly one third is made up of UK-based British Civil Servants whose careers typically include work in the UK and postings overseas; and around two thirds are employed locally by a British Diplomatic mission overseas (such as an Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate).


Applicants for these roles should be based in that country and usually need to be able to work in the main local language. For information on our local staff vacancies, please visit the web page for the country you are interested in working in.

Why us?


Because our work is of extraordinary importance, we can offer roles of remarkable impact. Join our diverse and accomplished team and you'll find careers with unparalleled variety and a rare blend of governmental stability and commercial drive, which allows us to be dynamic and competitive within our markets. But more than this, you'll find a job to be proud of.


Whatever your role, whatever your level, you'll support and deliver complex work that just matters more. Your contribution will help keep people safe, protect critical information and safeguard the UK's interests overseas. As such, your work will have greater significance. And the impact you make will reach further.


Put simply, your job will be bigger.


Explore careers with the FCO HERE.


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