Working for the government

Government jobs are versatile and require experts in various fields. A willingness to make a difference and to develop in your work provides a good start for a career as a public servant. Government positions require good communication skills, a customer-oriented and cooperative approach and often also good language skills.

Candidates with various educational backgrounds can apply. Most expert positions require a university degree. Positions in some areas require a certain qualification. For example, many judicial administration jobs require a law degree.

A general eligibility requirement for government positions is that the applicant must be at least 18 years old (for some jobs, the minimum age is 15).

Vacancy announcement lists the requirements

Qualification requirements (i.e. mandatory requirements) for each vacant position are listed in the vacancy announcement. An announcement also states what is expected of candidates and what is specifically required for performing the job in question.


As a rule, government employees have public service employment relationships that are valid until further notice. Fixed-term appointments may be made on grounds stipulated by law. Some Government jobs are performed in a contractual employment relationship.

The recruitment of government servants is open, and the applications submitted for a position or fixed-term public-service employment relationship are public. Only the most accomplished candidates are selected for government positions.

A public service employment relationship may include a trial period of up to six months.

Each agency is responsible for human resources planning and its own recruitment. Recruitment for some positions is also done through agencies’ own training.

Published 2014-11-12 at 12:02, updated 2018-06-18 at 13:47