Civil Service Recruitment Principles

We are committed to best practice in recruitment and our processes are underpinned by the principle of appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Recruitment Principles.

Civil Service Recruitment Principles

Civil Service Nationality Rules

All vacancies advertised on this site are only open to UK nationals, Commonwealth citizens, British Protected persons, European Union citizens and certain members of their families.

Commonwealth citizens must be free from any restrictions to reside and take up employment within the UK.

Candidates with Dual Nationality are eligible for employment provided that they satisfy the appropriate Civil Service Nationality rule.

If you require any further information regarding your eligibility, please refer to working for the Civil Service.

Civil Service Nationality Rules

Equality and Diversity

We are committed to equality of opportunity in all our employment practices, policies and procedures. No employee or potential employee will therefore receive less favourable treatment due to their race, creed, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, age, language, religion, political or other opinion affiliation, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, connections with a national minority, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, family connections, working pattern, membership or non-membership of a trade union or, unless justifiable, disability.

We are a signatory to the Women in Finance Charter, led by HM Treasury.

NS&I’s headline target for female representation in senior management is achieving 50:50 gender balance in leadership (CEO, NS&I bands 1–3), within a range of 40–60%, averaged over the financial year.

As of 31 March 2022, our average was 34.97%, compared with an average of 30.9% as of 31 March 2021. We are currently not on track to meet this target by 31 March 2023.

Women in Finance Charter logo


HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter

When applying for a vacancy, we’ll ask you to complete and return an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form.

The information will be treated in the strictest confidence and will only be used in aggregated form for statistical purposes.

You can read our 2020 Gender pay gap on page five here.

Gender pay gap report 2020

As part of the Civil Service, we are committed to the Government’s Disability Confident scheme.  We will interview candidates with a disability who meet the minimum essential criteria for a job vacancy.

Disability Confident scheme

You can read our most recent Equality and Diversity Information Statement and our Equality and Diversity data here.

Equality and Diversity

Disability Confident committed

NS&I is certified Disability Confident Committed.

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer we have committed to:

  • ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • communicating and promoting vacancies
  • offering an interview to disabled people
  • anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required
  • supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work
  • at least one activity that will make a difference for disabled people

Find out more about Disability Confident at:

Interview adjustments

If you feel you need any other adjustments for an interview, you can specify these on your application form. Alternatively, get in touch with our HR team on

Anonymised recruitment

Anonymised recruitment refers to the removal of the candidate’s name and other personal information such as address and university attended from the candidate’s application prior to shortlisting and interview.

Find out more about this initiative in the Civil Service to support more diverse outcomes to recruitment across Government.

Name blind recruitment in the Civil Service

If in doubt

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the recruitment principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should, in the first instance, write to:

Human Resources
National Savings and Investments
1 Drummond Gate

Or email us at:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from NS&I, you can contact the Office of the Civil Service Commissioners.