Working for PHE

Information about careers at Public Health England and links to sites where our jobs are advertised.

Our work requires a range of people, from those who are academically and research focused to those who are more hands on – the people who turn the theory into practice. Whatever role you’re in, you are innovative and passionate about what you do.

All our jobs are advertised on NHS jobs and the Civil Service recruitment site.

We aim to provide the best possible environment for career progression.

The diverse nature of our work means we’re able to offer you a range of career opportunities involving both national and sometimes international work. This is supported by an integrated programme of learning and professional development.

We expect all staff to behave in the following way:

  • work together, not undermine each other
  • speak well of each other, in public and private
  • consistently spend our time on what we say we care about
  • behave well, especially when things go wrong
  • keep our promises, small or large

The benefits of working with us

Working hours

Most posts generally work to a standard 37.5 hour week. Some posts may require extra shifts, night work and/or international travel.

Annual leave

PHE offers annual leave based on years of service with a minimum of 26 days for non-medical and dental staff and a minimum of 32 days for medical and dental staff. Bank holidays and any civil service privilege days are also granted in addition to the above basic entitlement.

Special leave

Paid and unpaid leave may be available as needed. We offer generous assistance for maternity or paternity leave, or adoption leave.

Pensions scheme

We offer a contributory final salary pension scheme which includes life assurance. You have the opportunity to opt in or out of this scheme. Some previous pension schemes may be transferable.

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

All employees can use a free and confidential advisory counselling service. The EAP provides access to external, confidential support, advice and information on a range of issues, including: emotional/personal, legal, tax/financial and marital/family.

In addition, comprehensive occupational health services are available for all staff from our specialist internal team.

Diversity in the workplace

PHE supports flexible working and is committed to promoting diversity in the workplace.