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202308: Prison Officer United Kingdom

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Ministry of Justice

Ministry of Justice United Kingdom United Kingdom

3 weeks ago

Prison officer – HMP Portland and HMP The Verne
HMP Portland - Portland, 104 Grove Rd, Grove, Portland DT5 1DL
HMP The Verne - Verne Common Rd, Portland DT5 1EQ

Starting salary:
£32,851 (for a 39 hour week inc 20% unsocial)


South West

Vacancy type:

Working in a prison is fast-paced and varied, and no two days are the same.

You'll work with a range of people and perform a variety of tasks – from keeping the prison safe and secure, to helping vulnerable people through a difficult time in their lives.
Once you've qualified, you'll have a range of opportunities to specialise and progress your career and earning potential.

It can be a challenging job, but in return you will get good pay, training, benefits and have the support of a strong team.
During the recruitment process you will be assessed on the behaviours, strengths and abilities you need to become an effective prison officer

These include:
• communicating and influencing
• managing a... quality service
• making effective decisions
• caring How to apply The online application begins with important details such as your National Insurance number and right to work in the UK.

You will then be invited to complete the online tests, to see if you have the basic judgement and numerical skills expected of a prison officer.
If you pass the online tests, we will invite you to an online assessment centre. Once you've successfully completed the online assessment centre, we will invite you to complete a medical and fitness test. This will cover an eyesight test, hearing test and basic health screening, including a blood pressure check.
To become a prison officer, you will need to:
• be at least 18 years old
• have the right to work in the UK
• be reasonably fit and able to pass our fitness test
• have good eyesight in both eyes (both with and without corrective lenses) For safety reasons, everyone training to be a prison officer needs a suitable standard of hearing (without the use of hearing aids). To work in a high security prison (category A) you must have been a resident in the UK for the last 3 years. Please note we are unable to sponsor any individuals via the Skilled Worker Sponsorship / Tier 2 (General) work visa. Pay The initial training is 37 hours a week. After training, you can choose to work 37, 39 or 41 hours a week. Your annual salary will reflect your weekly hours.
• 37 hours a week = £30,902 a year
• 39 hours a week = £32,851 a year
• 41 hours a week = £34,800 a year All salary figures quoted include any additional allowances. The standard working week of a prison officer is based on a 39 hours per week shift pattern. Benefits
• 25 days' annual holiday (rising to 30 days after 10 years' service)
• paid time off for public holidays and 1 extra privilege day
• Civil Service pension of up to 20% of your salary
• cycle to work scheme, travel loans and other benefits Read more about prison officer benefits Job offers: merit vacancy This is a merit job vacancy. If you are successful at the online assessment centre, you will be added to a merit list based on your score. When all applicants have completed the assessment centre, the prison will make job offers to individuals with the highest scores first when positions become available. You can stay on the merit list for 12 months. After this, you'll need to apply again. If your application is unsuccessful at the sift/Interview stage, a six month waiting period will be applied during which time you will not be allowed to submit any further applications for prison officer positions. Operational Support Grade Role

Our Online Assessment Centre (OAC), will not only assess you against the key criteria to become a prison officer but will also determine your suitability for appointment as an operational support grade OSG If following attendance at your OAC, you are unsuccessful in your application to become a prison officer, we may instead offer you an alternative role as an OSG.
Operational support grade - Ministry of Justice
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of Civil Servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
If you feel the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you can raise a formal complaint by contacting Shared Services Connected Ltd:

call 0345 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or email Moj-recruitment-vetting- We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve.

We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging.

Disability support As a Disability Confident employer, we are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout the recruitment process and in the workplace.
You can request reasonable adjustments within the application form. If you need assistance, please call 0345 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or email MoJ-recruitment-vetting
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