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    Have you completed your stage 1 tests, and if so how did you get on?
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    Not yet, I'm still doing practice ones to get myself focused.
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    Best wishes.
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    Did you guys put in your national insurance number when you completed the form?
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    Completed my application and tests mid-October, impatiently waiting for the decision now!
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    Seems like HMRC will be cost cutting again... This is taken from another role advertised within HMRC:

    HMRC is transforming and by 2020/21 most of our workforce will be based in a network of regional centres in large urban areas. No further detail is available now, although we expect to announce where the sites will be in each region during November. This means that the role you are applying for may be moved to a different location at some point in the future.

    I know 2020/21 is a long time away... Wonder if it will affect the locations of TSP.

    Also I read from an NAO report, that staff numbers fell from 61k to 57k between March 2014 and 2015 and the upcoming spending review will mean even more cuts. Extract from report:

    4.13 HMRC’s strategy means changing the shape and size of its workforce and estate to support the new way of administering tax. HMRC intends to reduce spending on its buildings. It will use resources more flexibly by consolidating its 190 existing offices into a small number of large regional centres. HMRC expects to continue reducing its staff. It plans to invest in developing new skills in its staff, recognising that its needs will change. For example, compliance staff will increasingly focus on complex and challenging cases. This will require new legal and analytical skills. HMRC also intends to invest in developing its digital, programme and project management, and commercial skills.25 Key challenges to making changes 4.14 HMRC is beginning to plan activities to deliver its strategy over the next five years. It expects to spend over £500 million on the changes during 2015-16 (around 15% of its total spending). It will decide how to fund and schedule key activities after 2015-16 during the upcoming Spending Review; HMRC and HM Treasury will also agree new performance measures to monitor progress and hold HMRC to account for its performance.

    In the past rounds of applying for the TSP, some who were unsuccessful managed to secure an EO or HEO post. Wonder how the above will affect this opportunity for us lot during this round...
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    (Original post by xoAims)
    Seems like HMRC will be cost cutting again... This is taken from another role advertised within HMRC:

    HMRC is transforming and by 2020/21 most of our workforce will be based in a network of regional centres in large urban areas. No further detail is available now, although we expect to announce where the sites will be in each region during November. This means that the role you are applying for may be moved to a different location at some point in the future.

    I know 2020/21 is a long time away... Wonder if it will affect the locations of TSP.

    Also I read from an NAO report, that staff numbers fell from 61k to 57k between March 2014 and 2015 and the upcoming spending review will mean even more cuts. Extract from report:

    4.13 HMRC’s strategy means changing the shape and size of its workforce and estate to support the new way of administering tax. HMRC intends to reduce spending on its buildings. It will use resources more flexibly by consolidating its 190 existing offices into a small number of large regional centres. HMRC expects to continue reducing its staff. It plans to invest in developing new skills in its staff, recognising that its needs will change. For example, compliance staff will increasingly focus on complex and challenging cases. This will require new legal and analytical skills. HMRC also intends to invest in developing its digital, programme and project management, and commercial skills.25 Key challenges to making changes 4.14 HMRC is beginning to plan activities to deliver its strategy over the next five years. It expects to spend over £500 million on the changes during 2015-16 (around 15% of its total spending). It will decide how to fund and schedule key activities after 2015-16 during the upcoming Spending Review; HMRC and HM Treasury will also agree new performance measures to monitor progress and hold HMRC to account for its performance.

    In the past rounds of applying for the TSP, some who were unsuccessful managed to secure an EO or HEO post. Wonder how the above will affect this opportunity for us lot during this round...
    Well, that's a bit worrying. :|
    Then again, it all depends on the business needs of HMRC. If they plan on reducing their work force that will probably be in certain departments. For example if they still need tax officers they will continue hiring. And don't forget that their workers will retire and so they will need to train new workers to be able to fill those roles.
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    Is anyone else experiencing technical difficulties? I am actually experiencing a menacing headache having to deal with all the problems.

    I sat the tests but the system didn't register the last test so I had to contact CS resourcing for help. Then they said it was a mistake that I hadn't sat the CSIST (the system let me skip this one). I sat that test and now the system is asking me to do the numerical all over again! I have had to email CS resourcing again. They must hate me by now for constantly badgering them.
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    (Original post by aaheisenberg)
    Did you guys put in your national insurance number when you completed the form?
    I don't think I did. Although when I read the vacancy it mentioned about national insurance number and also referee details - both not actually requested during the application!?
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    (Original post by xoAims)
    I don't think I did. Although when I read the vacancy it mentioned about national insurance number and also referee details - both not actually requested during the application!?
    It was the same for me. I wasn't asked for my national insurance number. But they don't need it until they hire anyway.
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    Hi Guys,

    I just submitted my application and they have asked me to take the Situational Judgment Test (CSIST) only. I'm just a bit confused, does this mean I will only be taking this test and then wait to see if I have gotten into Stage 2, or when I complete this test I will be asked to take some more afterwards before the deadline?

    They wrote 'You are now invited to complete the Civil Service Initial Sift test.The test must be completed online by 24/11/2015.You will be informed of the results and whether we would like to invite you to the next stage of the selection process shortly via e-mail'


    Sorry, if this sounds dumb, but everyone else seems to be talking about Numerical and Verbal tests! :O

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    Hello all,

    I'm really interested in applying for this Graduate Scheme, however, I have no in-depth knowledge on anything tax related or on HM Revenues & Customs, other then general knowledge on VAT, income tax etc.

    I feel like I have the skills to apply though, but is it even worth it if the pool of people I'll be competing with have way more knowledge in this field?
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    (Original post by apple1993)
    Hi Guys,

    I just submitted my application and they have asked me to take the Situational Judgment Test (CSIST) only. I'm just a bit confused, does this mean I will only be taking this test and then wait to see if I have gotten into Stage 2, or when I complete this test I will be asked to take some more afterwards before the deadline?

    They wrote 'You are now invited to complete the Civil Service Initial Sift test.The test must be completed online by 24/11/2015.You will be informed of the results and whether we would like to invite you to the next stage of the selection process shortly via e-mail'


    Sorry, if this sounds dumb, but everyone else seems to be talking about Numerical and Verbal tests! :O

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    I believe once you've completed the Sift test, they'll send you feedback in relation to how well you did to everyone else, for example, it'll say you did better then 64% of applicants. Then you'll get invited to do the other tests. After the deadline, they'll choose like the top 30% to proceed to Stage 2
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    (Original post by MeGusta)
    Hello all,

    I'm really interested in applying for this Graduate Scheme, however, I have no in-depth knowledge on anything tax related or on HM Revenues & Customs, other then general knowledge on VAT, income tax etc.

    I feel like I have the skills to apply though, but is it even worth it if the pool of people I'll be competing with have way more knowledge in this field?
    It doesn't matter. Sometimes it's preferable you have zero knowledge as then you're easier to train.
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    Just want to share:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34796299

    The UK's tax authority is to close 137 local offices and replace them with 13 regional centres, raising fears over job losses.The closures will be complete by 2027, HM Revenue and Customs said, but the new centres will be open in the next five years.

    The new centres will be in:
    • North East of England - Newcastle
    • North West of England - Manchester and Liverpool
    • Yorkshire and the Humber - Leeds
    • East Midlands - Nottingham
    • West Midlands - Birmingham
    • Wales - Cardiff
    • Northern Ireland - Belfast
    • Scotland - Glasgow and Edinburgh
    • South West of England - Bristol
    • London, South East and East of England - Stratford and Croydon
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    No Portsmouth!! Gutted! Ok it may be a phased approach and Portsmouth may still be around for the TSP 2016 start but may need to relocate after a few years??!!
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    (Original post by xoAims)
    Just want to share:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34796299

    The UK's tax authority is to close 137 local offices and replace them with 13 regional centres, raising fears over job losses.The closures will be complete by 2027, HM Revenue and Customs said, but the new centres will be open in the next five years.

    The new centres will be in:
    • North East of England - Newcastle
    • North West of England - Manchester and Liverpool
    • Yorkshire and the Humber - Leeds
    • East Midlands - Nottingham
    • West Midlands - Birmingham
    • Wales - Cardiff
    • Northern Ireland - Belfast
    • Scotland - Glasgow and Edinburgh
    • South West of England - Bristol
    • London, South East and East of England - Stratford and Croydon
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    No Portsmouth!! Gutted! Ok it may be a phased approach and Portsmouth may still be around for the TSP 2016 start but may need to relocate after a few years??!!
    I'm glad Liverpool is still there, as that's my first and only choice really!
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    Thanks fir the update.
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    Hi!
    I have just started the stage 1 tests for the scheme, slightly nervous about the deductive reasoning one! Any tips?
    And has anyone else applied for the Leeds office?
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    Hi,
    I just did all the tests then got an email to say i had to re do them because I did not set the sift test.
    So did the sift test got 70% higher than average, then re did numerical then verbal then got a message straight away saying i had failed to get through.
    so i suppose if you don't hear anything then you are through to stage two!
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    Anybody who has now completed the numerical test how long did it take you to complete? Thank you
 
 
 
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