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Is there anyone else confirmed for April yet (other than threebackedbeast and myself) ? I hope nobody has to wait too much longer to hear!
Realise I should have directly to this. I am starting April too, looking forward to meeting everyone!
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Realise I should have directly to this. I am starting April too, looking forward to meeting everyone!
Yay, well done! (Sorry for delay, been overseas )
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Hi!

Those of you starting in September, do you know which date you are starting on?

How long did it take you to get through vetting and references?

Thanks!

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@page { margin: 2cm } p { margin-bottom: 0.25cm; line-height: 120% } I'm starting inSeptember. I don't know the start date yet, though. Security vettingtook ages, but that was mostly held up by my current Departmentforgetting to send them a reference. I'm picking up my building passnext week and then it's a matter of waiting.
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Coming late to the party... I worked at HMT for several years (left civil service recently) and happy to answer any questions
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Coming late to the party... I worked at HMT for several years (left civil service recently) and happy to answer any questions

The question we all have...is it going to be as difficult and as much of a work-load as we're all expecting? :P
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The question we all have...is it going to be as difficult and as much of a work-load as we're all expecting? :P
So it depends... I did a policy job and a press office job. One was definitely more work than the other.

It depends on which area you are in and the time of year. For example, if you are in a tax team that is impacted by the budget, those will be your pressure points. If you are in a bill team then that will be more likely to ebb and flow depending on the time. I was in financial services as a policy advisor, and how much work I had didn't tend to vary as widely. In press office, it was generally significantly longer hours, and not easy to predict, but also hugely dependent on my minister. When she was in Westminster I could be summoned at any point and my day was based more around her - if your minister does 5 hours of interviews, so do you (and somehow everything else gets fitted in too). However I think its true for the vast majority of teams that things let up a bit during recess when ministers aren't making as many decisions.

Big events also affect your workload eg budgets, Scottish/EU referendum/substantive bills.

Having said that, I had a manager that 95% of the time left at 5.30 on the dot. He was exceptionally efficient and not distracted by the Daily Mail. There has definitely been a shift in the last few years to having a better work life balance, and to ensure that people take flexi time.

However, it was the most exciting place I've ever worked, and I loved the high pressured huge work times - because you are working on high profile things, it definitely feels worth it to put in the hours.

As for how difficult it is... I struggled not being an economist. A lot of the first year passed in a blur. But most people don't seem to struggle like I did in that respect!
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So it depends... I did a policy job and a press office job. One was definitely more work than the other....
Thanks - incredibly excited and rather nervous, but should be a blast ha
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Thanks - incredibly excited and rather nervous, but should be a blast ha
If you have any more detailed questions (about people/teams etc) feel free to PM me.
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Are there any people who are applying for next year?

To the people who were successful, how are you finding the programme so far?
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Are there any people who are applying for next year?

To the people who were successful, how are you finding the programme so far?
Hi ive applied this year, done the first application form, apparently we hear about next stages on the 21st of november (or week commencing)! didnt know if there was an exsisting thread for the 2017 intake...?
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I can't find the application form could anybody help me?
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Applications opened today :gah:

http://www.hmtreasurycareers.com/apply

Just completed my application, anyone else applying?
Could you help me find the application form on this site? I have been having difficulties finding it..
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