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Administrative Assistants/Administrative Officers (AA/AO)

Typically AAs and AOs work in a supporting administrative role with no line management responsibilities, and in a supportive team structure. These could also be apprentice roles.

AAs are entry level positions with a Defra salary banding of £17, 460 – £20,090, dependent on location.

AOs have a Defra salary banding of £19,640 – £22,740, dependent on location.

Equivalent job titles outside of the civil service include Administrator, Office Administrator, Sales Administrator and Executive Assistant.

Executive Officer (EO)

Working across the full range of policy and corporate service areas, EOs are involved in problem solving, business planning and policy making at the very highest levels of government. EOs usually work within a supportive team structure, under the direction of relevant team leaders, and can also hold individual responsibility for pieces of work within a programme or project.

Equivalent job titles outside of the civil service include Supervisor, Senior Administrator and Office Manager.

The Defra EO salary banding is £23,480 – £29,360, dependent on location.

Higher Executive Officer (HEO)

HEOs work across the full range of policy and corporate service areas and make significant contributions toward decision making at the very highest levels of government in areas such as business planning or policy implementation. Working within a supportive team structure, under the direction of relevant team leaders, HEOs can also hold individual responsibility for specialised pieces of work within a programme or project.

Equivalent job titles outside of the civil service include Supervisor, Team Leader, Senior Advisor and Office Manager.

The Defra HEO salary banding is £28,320 – £35,350, dependent on location.

Senior Executive Officer (SEO)

Interacting with businesses or Governments at a very senior level, SEOs work across the full range of policy and corporate service areas, often dealing with diverse problems. SEOs contribute significantly to high level decision making for business planning, policy implementation and strategy development. They will often be managing teams and their workloads, and delegate tasks.

Equivalent job titles outside of the civil service include Senior Team Leader, Junior Manager and Senior Supervisor.

The Defra SEO salary banding is £34,840 – £43,190, dependent on location.

Grade 7 (G7)

Responsible for setting priorities, agreeing targets and allocating responsibilities to their team, G7s are accountable for outcomes in their policy area. They will develop deep specialisms on key aspects of their policy or sector, and take on highly complex work. In addition, G7s devise new means of managing and implementing policy within set budgets and tight timescales, and use strong influencing skills to broker solutions across organisational boundaries.

Equivalent job titles outside of the civil service include Manager, Deputy Operations Manager and Deputy Head of…

The Defra G7 salary banding is £46,150 – £59,590, dependent on location.

Grade 6 (G6)

With significant line-management responsibilities for large teams headed by several G7s, G6s typically lead several complex workstreams, often with stakeholders in several interdependent departmental functions. G6s may also be specialists in a particular area. Typically, they report into Senior Civil Servants and so have exposure to executive committees, Director Generals and Ministers.

Equivalent job titles outside of the civil service include Operations Manager, Senior Manager and Head of…

The Defra G6 salary banding is £55,710 – £70,310, dependent on location.