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
We are currently recruiting for our 2017 apprenticeship scheme. Detailed guidance, Apprenticeships at the Defence Electronics and Components Agency contains further information about our apprenticeships and how to apply.
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
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
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
Voucher schemes and parental leave entitlements include;
salary sacrifice scheme – in return for childcare vouchers
maternity leave – up to 52 weeks leave (paid & unpaid)
shared parental leave – up to 50 weeks (paid & unpaid)
paternity leave – up to 2 weeks leave
adoption leave – up to 52 weeks leave (paid and unpaid)
Employees have the opportunity to choose between two pension schemes when they join DECA;
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;
Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)
Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT)
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;
covered bicycle sheds
medical room with fridge
hot & cold snacks
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.
If you would like any further information about any of our opportunities or the application process please contact us
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.