Working for Ofsted

Information about jobs at Ofsted, including the range of jobs on offer, working as an inspector and finding out about opportunities.

Ofsted employs staff in a wide range of jobs – from inspectors to editors, IT specialists, policy advisers, data analysts, accountants and administrators – based in its main offices in London, Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham, its small offices in Cambridge, Birmingham and York, and working from home.

All our inspectors are DBS checked and have met our stringent criteria and undergone rigorous assessment and training affirming that they are suitable and qualified to carry out inspection work.

View our recruitment privacy notice for information about the data we collect and what we do with it.


For most job opportunities, visit the Civil Service jobs site. If you want to become an inspector for Ofsted, see below.


To apply for a job at Ofsted you need to be one of the following:

  • a UK national or a UK national with dual nationality
  • a Commonwealth citizen
  • a national of any member state of the European Economic Area

Many job vacancies also have specific requirements for application. See each job’s description for further details.

How to become an inspector

Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI)

Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) inspect education and care providers, challenge them to improve and help them get the support they need. Vacancies for HMI are normally advertised on a permanent, full-time basis. For more information about the role and to register your interest in future vacancies, please visit the dedicated HMI website.

Contracting as an Ofsted inspector

Ofsted contracts directly with Ofsted Inspectors for the inspection of schools, further education and skills, and early years. For more information and to register your interest in future opportunities, please visit the Ofsted Inspector site.

Regulatory inspectors

Regulatory inspectors (social care and early years) inspect children’s homes, boarding schools, day care and childminding. Vacancies for these positions can be found on the Civil Service jobs site.