Recruitment and career counselling
The Office for the SCS has a policy of merit-based appointment and aims to recruit the best candidate for the right position. The quality of the civil service is enhanced by transparent procedures and an open system in which any qualified person may be eligible for an SCS position. The civil service values
managers with a wide range of experience, who can be employed in a variety of functions;
diverse, versatile teams.
The career counselling offered by the Office for the SCS is based on maintaining the mobility of managers in accordance with a 3-5-7 model and anticipating the next career move. The 3-5-7 model assumes that managers begin to focus on their next move after three years and ideally make the move after five years, but at most after seven. Every year, the Office for the SCS organises the SCS review, together with the ministries. This review involves a discussion of the need for, and potential of managers in strategic positions within national government. These discussions form the basis for further exploring managers’ career preferences and possibilities or stages of development.