Working for DBS

DBS offers a range of careers, from working with the public to roles supporting operational areas of the business.


The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) issues more than 4 million DBS checks every year, providing information to employers and organisations, so they can prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children.

We also make complex decisions about whether to bar somebody from getting jobs in certain sectors. There are currently circa 80,000 people who are not allowed to work with children or vulnerable adults.

Our disclosure office is based in Liverpool, and our barring office is based in Darlington.

For details of current vacancies and how to apply, go to the Civil Service jobs website.

Salary and benefits

In addition to a base salary, we offer a range of benefits including:

  • generous annual leave allowance
  • excellent maternity, paternity, adoption and sickness benefit schemes (after a qualifying period)
  • commitment to the health and wellbeing of our staff
  • employee assistance programme
  • flexible working opportunities
  • childcare voucher scheme
  • eyecare voucher scheme
  • cycle-to-work scheme

We also offer a range of support and social groups to our employees.

Our recruitment commitment

Our recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition. These are outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

If you feel your application hasn’t been treated in line with the principles and you want to make a complaint, you should email DBSPeopleSupportTeam@dbs.gov.uk

Candidate Privacy Policy

This privacy policy is for individuals applying for a job with DBS (candidates).

The policy covers the recruitment process and subsequent security clearance process. It also covers those who have been placed on a merit list. It tells you how we will use and protect any information we hold about you.

Candidate Privacy Policy (MS Word Document, 35.9KB)