Working for DfE

Information about the employment offer when working at the Department for Education (DfE).


Look for job vacancies at DfE on Civil Service jobs.


We offer:

  • a competitive salary that’s reviewed annually
  • the opportunity to earn an in year and an end of year performance award
  • an occupational pension

Employee benefits and rewards

Employee benefits and rewards include:

  • access to a DfE employee discount scheme
  • access to an employee assistance programme providing confidential advice, information and counselling
  • the option to join a trade union
  • an instant reward scheme for those who demonstrate initiative or for team achievements
  • a cycle to work scheme
  • sick leave on full pay, followed by half pay, up to the maximum allowed by the relevant scheme


Flexibilities include:

  • up to 30 days annual leave and 9 days public and privilege leave in a year (pro rata for part time staff)
  • maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave of up to 28 weeks full pay, followed by 11 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid
  • time off to deal with emergencies, unexpected situations and other unplanned special circumstances
  • paid time off for public service duties – for example, if you’re an armed forces reservist
  • family friendly policies, including flexible working patterns
  • flexible working hours, subject to business needs

Development and career opportunities

We offer:

  • rewarding and challenging jobs to help you develop and reach your potential
  • a comprehensive range of learning and development opportunities to help you develop your skills, knowledge and experience