When Zara McDermott walked into the Love Island villa, it seems that it was not only the other contestants who were surprised.
McDermott, 21, was given a career break from her day job as a policy adviser in the Department for Education to go on television – but it is understood that the popular ITV2 show was not mentioned to her bosses.
“She said she was taking a career break to work on TV but did not give specific details,” the Sun has reported an unnamed government source as saying.
Code of conduct
And while the contestant, who was seen arriving at the Marjorcan villa on Sunday, gave publicity interviews saying that she was looking for love, she is also expected to follow the civil service code whether she is at her desk or by the pool.
The civil service code sets out standards of behaviour including: integrity, honesty and political impartiality.
A Department for Educations spokesperson said: “We do not comment on matters relating to individual civil servants. Civil service rules state that all civil servants, whether currently working or on an unpaid career break, must abide by the civil service code and their terms of employment during this period.”