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Eligibility for employment in the civil service is governed by legislative requirements as to nationality. Although the civil service endeavours to open up as many posts as possible to the range of nationals eligible for employment, a number will be reserved for UK nationals. Given these posts will deal with the most sensitive information relating to national security and the interests of the UK the reserving of such posts is a reasonable action.
The criteria by which posts can be designated as reserved is set out in the European Communities (Employment in the Civil Service) Order 2007 with Departments and agencies responsible for considering whether or not a post requires reserving for UK nationals only. Unless a post satisfies the criteria, it cannot be reserved.