Working for Home Office

Working for the Home Office is interesting and varied, and gives you the chance to make a real difference in people's lives.

Working for the Home Office and its agencies is interesting and varied, and gives you the chance to make a real difference in people’s lives.

We work hard to give our staff the opportunity to use their skills and talents to build a rewarding career. Throughout your career here you will never stop learning, and if you want to broaden your experience even further, then you will be able to use the rapidly improving links across government to do this.

We employ people in a very varied range of policy, corporate services and operational delivery roles. Our staff work in offices around the world, from Whitehall, to Croydon, to Liverpool, to Mumbai and Washington.

We are flexible, skilled, professional - and diverse. We have been recognised in the Times Top 50 Employers for Women; the first organisation to be ClearAssured in recognition of our work to recruit and retain disabled staff and reaccredited in 2012.

In 2012, Stonewall (a leading charity for lesbian, gay and bisexual people) named the Home Office as number 5 in its workplace equality index. The Home Office is also benchmarked “Gold” on Race and Gender for 2012 by external organisations.

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

Salary and benefits

In addition to a fair base salary we offer a range of benefits including pensions, flexible working arrangements, career development opportunities and the opportunity to deliver services the British public rely on.

For posts where shift working is required, we operate an annualised hours system, which recompenses staff according to the amount of flexible working they agree to perform.

Other benefits

We also offer:

  • a generous holiday allowance
  • a career average pension scheme
  • childcare vouchers
  • season ticket loans
  • cycle to work scheme
  • time off for volunteering
  • an employee assistance programme
  • many other rewards to support employee wellbeing

We also offer a range of support and social groups and services to members of staff.

View the results of our 2012 Home Office staff survey.


We are committed to recruiting on merit after fair and open selection, and we welcome applications from a diverse range of candidates.

We operate within the guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities. By disability, we mean a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Many of our posts are suitable for people who wish to work flexibly, to job-share or to work part-time.

Find out more about equality and diversity at the Home Office.

Graduate recruitment: financial management development scheme

The FMDS is a graduate training scheme sponsored by the government finance profession and supported by a number of government departments. The scheme aims to recruit high calibre graduates to become the finance directors and senior managers of the future.

The Home Office has 8 graduate trainee accountant posts, 1 graduate auditor post and 3 graduate procurement posts available for 2013 to 2014. Placements will be in a variety of financial management roles including management accounting, financial accounting including accounts production, project and programme finance and internal auditing.

Posts will be based in London and Croydon. During the 3 to 4 year period spent on the scheme, it is very likely that placements each lasting approximately 9 months in both locations will be provided.

Successful candidates are expected to take up their posts between May - September 2014 or earlier when possible.

Register your interest to apply for the FMDS.