Working for DECA

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

Gold Employer Recognition award winner

The Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA) are delighted to receive the Gold Employer Recognition (ERS) award. The prestigious Gold ERS Award made by the Ministry of Defence recognises employers who have actively demonstrated their support for the Armed Forces community through implementing practical policies in the workplace.

Under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, employers support Defence personnel and encourage others to do the same. The scheme has three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold for organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support for Defence and the Armed Forces community. To achieve Gold, organisations must proactively demonstrate that the Armed Forces community are not unfairly disadvantaged as part of their recruitment policies. They must also actively ensure their workforce is aware of their positive policies towards Defence people issues for veterans, Reserves, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, and spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.

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

Current vacancies

Procurement Officer

Full time permanent x 2

Executive Officer

Reference number 272030

Closing date 11:55 on Thursday 23rd March 2023

Find out more about this position and apply through Civil Service Jobs

Medical & Dental Servicing Section Technician

Full time

Executive Officer

Reference 272451

Closing date 23:55 on Friday 24th March 2023

Find out more and apply through Civil Service Jobs - GOV.UK

Instructor for Cryogenics Gas Maintenance School

Full time

Executive Officer

Reference 272059

Closing date 23:55 on Friday 24th March Find out more and apply through Civil Service Jobs - GOV.UK

Contract Sales Officer

Full time

Executive Officer

Reference 272649

Closing date 23:55 on Monday 27th March 2023

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Operations Director

Full time

PB1 L1 - B1

Reference 275219

Closing date 23:55 on Sunday 16th April 2023

Find out more and apply through Civil Service Jobs - GOV.UK

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)

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

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.

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.

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

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

The confidential MOD Employee Assistance Programme is available to all DECA staff.


On site facilities include;

  • free parking

  • covered bicycle sheds

  • shower facilities on some sites

  • break rooms

  • 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.