Working for CMA

Joining the CMA will give you the opportunity to contribute to the future of the UK competition regime.

The CMA has a new, exciting and challenging agenda – to contribute to faster economic growth, deliver positive competition outcomes and make markets work well for consumers, businesses and the economy.

Our aim is to promote competition in the UK and internationally and be a world leader among competition and consumer agencies. We have a committed and talented senior leadership team who will take forward the CMA’s strategy and annual plan.

Who we employ

We aim to be one of the top 5 competition and consumer agencies in the world. To retain our position, we need to continue to build and develop our professional excellence.

We’ve developed 5 core professions that carry out the CMA’s frontline work:

  • delivery
  • economics
  • investigators
  • legal
  • remedies, business and financial analysis

We also provide opportunities in the following professions:

  • human resources
  • business services – including IT and facilities management
  • finance and commercial
  • communications
  • governance and secretariat
  • project management
  • business managers, personal/executive assistants and administrators

Current vacancies

All our job vacancies are advertised on Civil Service Jobs.

Our benefits

Besides competitive salaries, we offer a fantastic range of benefits.

Pension scheme

If you’re on a permanent or on a fixed or short-term contract, you can choose to join the Civil Service Pension Scheme or a partnership pension scheme.

Flexible working patterns

If you’re new to the civil service or joining the senior civil service, you’ll work 37 hours per week, excluding lunch breaks (pro-rata for part-time). If you’re an existing civil servant then you’ll retain your current working hours.

We recognise that work/life balance is important and encourage you to work smartly and flexibly. We provide excellent IT facilities including laptops and mobile devices (as required) and also offer flexible working patterns.

25 days’ annual leave (increasing to 30 days over a 5-year period)

If you’re new to the civil service or joining the senior civil service, you’ll get 25 days annual leave. This increases during the first 5 years of your employment to 30 days. In addition, you’ll receive 8 days’ public holiday and also one privilege day if you’re employed on the weekend of the Queen’s birthday. If you’re part-time your leave is pro-rata. If you’re an existing civil servant, then you’ll retain your current annual leave terms, capped at 31.5 days.

Family friendly benefits

All employees, regardless of their length of service, are entitled to 52 weeks of maternity or adoption leave. Eligible employees are also entitled to receive statutory maternity or adoption pay for 39 weeks, 26 weeks of which will be enhanced to full pay.

We also offer a minimum 2 weeks paternity leave. Eligible employees are entitled to receive 3 weeks paternity leave, enhanced to full pay.

Eligible employees can also elect to take shared parental leave, by ending their maternity or adoption leave early and sharing the balance of their leave entitlement with an eligible partner.

Other benefits we offer

  • interest-free season ticket and bike loans
  • cycle to work scheme
  • employee health initiatives – including flu jabs and free eye tests
  • Employee Assistance Programme – providing advice, support and counselling
  • Learning opportunities including internal training, external training, management and leadership development and sponsorship for professional qualifications

Equality and diversity

We’re committed to implementing and monitoring our equality and diversity policies with the aim of recruiting, retaining and promoting staff regardless of any of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 – age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Part of that commitment is that we guarantee an interview to any candidate who has a disability, as defined by The Equality Act 2010, and declares their disability in their application, provided that they meet the minimum (essential eligibility) criteria for the post(s) in question.

Read the CMA’s equality scheme for 2015 to 2019.

Career development

We recognise that our colleagues are our greatest asset. We’re committed to maximising their potential by supporting them to develop the knowledge, professional and technical skills and experience required to advance their careers.

As well as a comprehensive induction, we have a Career and Professional Development (CPD) Hub, which is a tool for staff and managers to access information to help build and develop their professional excellence. We offer a suite of professional and skills training through the CMA Academy, covering all areas of the CMA’s work and there’s also access to a wide range of other learning and development opportunities through Civil Service Learning.

We believe one of the best ways of developing colleagues is to provide diverse opportunities in their day-to-day work. The CMA does this by encouraging colleagues to build their experience over time by working on a variety of projects, in different areas of the organisation and in different roles.

Alumni network

We now have an alumni group on LinkedIn and we welcome former CMA employees to join the group. You’ll be updated on important announcements and career opportunities and receive invitations to alumni events. If you have any questions about the alumni network, please email There’s also a LinkedIn network for former employees of the Office of Fair Trading and Competition Commission.