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More about working at Home Office Digital

Here are a few things to consider if you’re thinking of applying for a job at Home Office Digital.

About your application

To apply for a role, send your CV to hodigitalsheffield@digital.homeoffice.gov.uk clearly stating which role you are applying for. You can’t amend your CV once it’s been submitted. You’ll then be invited to an open day where you’ll complete a test and interview.

Guaranteed interview scheme for people with disabilities

The Home Office operates a guaranteed interview scheme for people with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for these roles. Please tell us in your email if you'd like to apply under this scheme, and if you need any reasonable adjustments on the day.

Equal Opportunities

The Home Office is an equal opportunities employer. We won’t discriminate on grounds of gender, gender identity, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, marriage and civil partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, caring responsibilities, part-time working, or any other factor irrelevant to your work.

How we handle Personal Data

If your application is unsuccessful, any personal data you’ve provided will be kept for a maximum of 24 months. If you are offered and accept a position, your data will only be used for the purposes of personnel management.

Pre-appointment enquiries

If you’re recommended for an appointment we’ll need to conduct some health, nationality and background checks. You’ll need to provide a current valid passport together with a range of other identification at interview – we’ll tell you what ID to bring before you attend. Only once our checks have been completed will you receive a formal offer.

Where a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required we’ll send completed Criminal Disclosure checking forms to the DBS on your behalf in order to avoid delays. If you would rather send the forms yourself please tell Civil Service Resourcing by emailing homeofficejobs.csr@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

Open and fair competition

Based on civil service recruitment principles, the Home Office selects candidates on the basis of fair and open competition. This means we treat all applications fairly and on their own merit.

If you feel your application hasn’t been treated in the right way you should contact the advertising manager. If you’re not satisfied with the response you get from the department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission.

Terms and conditions

If you’re moving on level transfer within the Home Office, your terms and conditions won’t be affected. If you're applying on promotion from the Home Office or another  government department you'll find more information at the bottom of this page.

Salary

Your salary will be reviewed annually by the Home Office in consultation with the trade unions. Any increases will be at the discretion of the Home Office.

Recruitment and Retention Allowance

Depending on your role you may get a recruitment and retention allowance (RRA paid through your salary. However, this could be removed or changed at any time, and will no longer apply if you move role.

Age of Retirement

The Civil Service has a no retirement age policy.

Dual Workplace arrangements

If you’re required to work regularly from more than one location, e.g. Sheffield and London, there may be a tax implication on any expenses paid by the employer. Regular is defined as eg. 1 day a week/4 days a month.

There are several options. You can either:

  • meet your own costs of travel
  • claim expenses from your employer, but you will be required to pay any tax liability on them
  • claim expenses from your employer, and the employer pays the expenses and tax

Expenses paid by your employer will be counted as earnings and may affect tax credits, child benefit, or your tax band. Your employer won’t compensate for any loss.

Nationality

Posts are open to:

  • UK Nationals
  • British Nationals (Overseas)
  • British Protected Persons
  • Commonwealth Citizens
  • EEA Nationals of other member states
  • certain non EEA family members and Swiss nationals under the Swiss EU agreement

There must be no employment restriction or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK.

You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for the last 3 years if the role requires CTC clearance, 5 years for SC clearance and 10 years for DV.

Your health

You must be able to give regular and effective service. You’ll need to complete a heath declaration and may be asked to attend a medical examination.

Probation period

A probation period (normally six months) will apply unless you are transferring from another role in the Civil Service and have satisfactorily completed a probation period. Your performance, conduct and attendance will be monitored and reviewed.

Length of post

You will normally be expected to stay in your post for at least two years before you are eligible to apply for other Home Office roles on level transfer.

Standards and behaviour

As a Civil Servant you’ll need to comply with:

You must also exercise care in relation to official information acquired and must not disclose information held in confidence.

Employment of ex-offenders

You’ll have to answer some questions on whether you have a criminal record. Answering ‘yes’ won’t necessarily mean you don’t get the job. Read more about ex-offenders and employment.


Modernised terms and conditions for existing Civil Servants

Home Office staff on promotion to jobs advertised on or after 31 August 2014 Staff joining the Home Office on level transfer or promotion from an OGD on a permanent and voluntary basis for jobs advertised on or after 31 August 2014
Mobility All grades and all working patterns can be compulsory permanently transferred to any civil service post within the UK and abroad - if deemed reasonable taking into account individual circumstances. All grades and all working patterns can be compulsory permanently transferred to any civil service post within the UK and abroad - if deemed reasonable taking into account individual circumstances.
Hours of work Standard full-time working week of 37 hours net regardless of geographical location (pro-rata for part-time staff). Standard full-time working week of 37 hours net regardless of geographical location (pro-rata for part-time staff).
Occupational sick pay If on pre-modernised terms and conditions prior to promotion: 5 months full pay and 5 months half pay

If on modernised terms and conditions prior to promotion:

continue accruing entitlement as for new starters up to 5 months full pay and 5 months half pay during   the fifth year of service

If on pre-modernised Terms and conditions prior to transfer:

5 months full pay and 5 months half pay

If on modernised terms and conditions prior to transfer:

continue accruing entitlement as for new starters up to 5 months full pay and 5 months half pay during   the fifth year of service

Privilege leave 1 day privilege leave in recognition of the Queen’s Birthday 1 day privilege leave in recognition of the Queen’s Birthday
Annual leave Annual leave starts at 25 days rising to 30 days after 10 years of service   – any change to take effect from the start of the next annual leave year after promotion. Existing leave entitlement up to 30 days (excluding 1.5 privilege days that have been rebranded as annual leave) will be honoured. However, the qualifying period for additional days up to 30 days will be aligned to 10 years’ service. Annual leave starts at 25 days rising to 30 days after 10 years of service. Existing leave entitlement up to 30 days (excluding 1.5 privilege days that have been rebranded as annual leave) will be honoured.  However, the qualifying period for additional days up to 30 days will be aligned to 10 years’ service.