201810: Prison Officer - HMP Bristol

South West
Band 3
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Flexible Working, Other
Operational Delivery, Prison Officer

Prison Officer – HMP Bristol

HMP Bristol, 19 Cambridge Road, Bristol, BS7 8PS


  • Starting salary:   £22,843 (for a 39 hour week inc 17% unsocial)
  • City/Town:           Bristol
  • Region:               South West England
  • Vacancy type:    Pass

One career, many roles

Role model, negotiator, referee, educator, influencer, life changer – as a prison officer, no two days are the same.


You will work with people from all kinds of backgrounds to create a safe and secure prison environment. You will support adult offenders with rehabilitation while protecting the public too.


You will play a leading role in offenders’ lives, meeting regularly with a small caseload of 5-6 offenders. You will manage their development, from learning new skills to participation in education programmes, so there is a better chance they won’t reoffend on release.


You will also have the opportunity to grow your career, specialising in different areas such as negotiation, supporting prisoners at risk and resolving incidents.


It can be a tough job, but in return you will receive great pay, training, benefits and have the support of a strong team.



Job details

Read more about prison officer careers >> - https://prisonandprobationjobs.gov.uk/prison-officer/


How to apply


The online application begins with important details such as your National Insurance number and right to work in the UK.

You will then be sent an online test to see if you have the basic numeracy and skills expected of a prison officer.


Existing prison officers are not eligible to apply for this campaign


Find out about the application process >> - https://prisonandprobationjobs.gov.uk/prison-officer/tips-for-applying/



To be a prison officer you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have the right to work in the UK
  • be reasonably fit and have good eyesight
  • be able to speak with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh

Essential skills

You don’t need qualifications to become a prison officer. Personal qualities are more important. You need to show:


  • good communication and influencing skills
  • commitment to quality
  • effective decision-making
  • care and understanding


The initial training is 37 hours a week. After training, you can choose to work 37, 39 or 41 hours a week. Your annual salary will reflect your weekly hours.

  • 37 hours a week = £21,644 a year
  • 39 hours a week = £22,843 a year
  • 41 hours a week = £24,043 a year

All salary figures quoted include any additional allowances.


The standard working week of a prison officer is based on a 39 hours per week shift pattern.


You may also have opportunities to work additional paid hours.



  • 25 days of annual holiday (rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service)
  • paid time off for public holidays and 1 extra privilege day
  • Civil Service pension of up to 20% of your salary
  • childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, travel loans and other benefits


Training and career progression

  • initial 12 week Prison Officer Entry Level Training (POELT) on full pay and expenses, with a NVQ Level 3 Diploma when you finish The 12 weeks is divided between 1 week induction at prison, 10 weeks training, and a final 1 week induction at your prison.
  • on-going training and development for specialist skills such as working with vulnerable offenders or negotiation
  • opportunity to progress to an advanced prison officer role


The Assessment & Recruitment Centre (ARC)


If you pass the online test, we will invite you to the Assessment & Recruitment Centre (ARC). We test to see if you have the abilities, behaviours, strengths and fitness to be a prison officer.


We also carry out an eyesight test and basic health screening, including blood pressure check.


We will tell you what to expect and bring before the day.


Job offers: ‘Pass’ vacancy


This is a ‘pass’ job vacancy. If you are successful at the Assessment & Recruitment Centre (ARC), you will be offered a job immediately if there is a position available.


If there are no vacancies, you will be placed on a reserve list and will be offered a job as soon as there is a vacancy.


Your successful pass from assessment day will be valid for 12 months if you want to apply for vacancies at other prisons.


For the purposes of this campaign, candidates will be required to attend their ARC no later than 8 weeks after the campaign closing date or their application will not be progressed any further.



Working for the Civil Service


The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles


Disability support


Tell us if you have a disability when you apply and we can offer reasonable adjustments to help with the online test and assessment centre.


If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail MoJ-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk. Please quote the job reference.

The jobholder must be able to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh.
Please refer to additional job description attachment

This Vacancy is closed to applications.