Working for DECA

The recruitment process, apprenticeship schemes, workplace benefits, holiday and leave, pay, pension and conditions at DECA

The Defence Electronics & Components Agency (DECA) employs over 400 staff at our Head Office in Sealand, North Wales and operating site in Stafford. Our people’s skill and expertise make DECA a lean and forward thinking business with an impressive pedigree of military capabilities.

When we are recruiting, our vacancies are advertised on the civil service job site

To view vacancies at DECA, search Ministry of Defence under the organisation tab

Apprenticeship schemes

We are currently recruiting for our 2020 apprenticeship scheme. Detailed guidance, Apprenticeships at the Defence Electronics and Components Agency contains further information about our apprenticeships and how to apply.

Our recruits

We need people who want to make an impression, can demonstrate energy and drive and want to be an integrated part of the delivery of business objectives. If you think this is you, a career at DECA might be just what you are looking for.

Equal opportunities and diversity

DECA is committed to taking positive steps to ensure that all people are treated with dignity and respect, valuing the diversity of all. This includes a zero tolerance approach regarding discrimination, harassment and bullying.

DECA adopts the Civil Service Guaranteed Interview Scheme for eligible candidates and also positively welcomes applications from under-represented groups, including ethnic minorities and potential female engineers.

The benefits of working for us

We offer challenging and developmental opportunities in many specialist functional areas including Technical Services, Avionics, Test & Repair, Calibration, Medical, Dental and Cryptographic Support, Obsolescence Management and General Engineering, in addition to careers in Sales, Marketing, IT, Finance and Human Resources.

Employees of DECA are Civil Servants and remain part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Benefits include;

  • excellent annual leave

  • flexible working hours (FWH)

  • a choice of generous pension schemes, which include a valuable range of benefits

  • excellent training opportunities

  • financial assistance up to a maximum of £8K may be available to assist with relocation (conditions apply)

  • two salary advances available per year (conditions apply)

  • bicycle loans (conditions apply)

  • Cycle to Work scheme as part of the government’s Green Transport plan

Annual leave

All employees are entitled to 26.5 days paid annual leave (pro rata) on starting; increasing to 31.5 days after 5 years.

In addition our employees are entitled to 9 Public/Privilege holidays per year.

Other paid leave

Special leave with pay may be granted for a number of reasons, including;

  • taking part in public duties e.g. acting as magistrates or school governors

  • to perform a mandatory public duty e.g. jury service

  • volunteering for/participating in community focused activities e.g. special constabulary or roles within the Princes Trust

  • mandatory training in support of Reserve Forces

  • cadet camps for Instructors or Officers

Working flexibly

For most positions, we are able to offer FWH, which assists staff to arrange their working day to suit their lifestyle and circumstances. The benefits applicable to most employees include;

  • start of working day between 07:00 and 09:30

  • end of working day between 15:30 and 18:00

  • up to 3 days FWH leave in a 4 week period, subject to approval

  • authorised FWH leave can be taken in hours to suit unexpected appointments etc.

We also consider requests for alternative working patterns in some cases, such as part time or job sharing.

Supporting family life

Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay

Pension scheme

Employees have the opportunity to choose between two pension schemes when they join DECA;

  • Alpha

  • The Partnership Pension account

For full details of these schemes, visit the Civil Service pensions website

Training and development opportunities

DECA is a successful business and to maintain our momentum we want to help our people to fulfill their ambitions and realise their potential. We are strongly committed to providing opportunities for those who wish to further their careers within DECA and the wider MOD and we fully support professional and functional learning and development.

Trades Unions membership

DECA enjoys a very positive working relationship with the Trades Unions and membership is encouraged. The current recognised MOD Trades Unions are;

  • Unite

  • GMB

  • Prospect

  • PCS

  • FDA

Occupational health, sick pay and well being

All staff are entitled to up to 12 months paid sick leave (6 months at full pay and 6 months at half pay).

Occupational Health referrals to assist us in supporting our staff to remain healthy and in work are made where necessary.

The confidential MOD employee Wellbeing Service is available to all DECA staff.


On site facilities include;

  • free parking

  • covered bicycle sheds

  • shower facilities

  • break rooms

  • medical room with fridge

  • hot & cold snacks

Other benefits

As part of the MOD, employees are eligible to apply for the Defence Discount Card, which provides discounts on some major high street brands.

Graduate development programme

DECA is a supporter of MOD’s DE&S Graduate Scheme and welcomes applications from suitable candidates.

Contact us

If you would like any further information about any of our opportunities or the application process please contact us

DECA headquarters

Welsh Road

Please be advised that due to the nature of the work in the Ministry of Defence it is necessary to complete security clearance checks on suitable applicants prior to them being offered employment. In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, the Ministry of Defence will collect, use, protect and retain the information gained, which will solely be used for the purposes of recruiting.