26733 - Reward Policy Advisor

£30,389 - £37,806
12 Months
Full Time
Human Resources

About the Department

MOJ is one of the largest government departments, employing around 70,000 people (including those in the Probation Service), with a budget of approximately £9 billion. Each year, millions of people use our services across the UK - including at 500 courts and tribunals, and 133 prisons in England and Wales.

What we do

We work to protect the public and reduce reoffending, and to provide a more effective, transparent and responsive criminal justice system for victims and the public. We are also responsible for the following parts of the justice system:

  • courts
  • prisons
  • probation services
  • attendance centres

We also work in partnership with other government departments and agencies to reform the criminal justice system, to serve the public and support the victims of crime. We are also responsible for making new laws, strengthening democracy, and safeguarding human rights.


  • Improve public safety and reduce reoffending by reforming prisons, probation and youth justice
  • Build a One Nation justice system by making access to justice swifter and more certain for all citizens whatever their background
  • Uphold the rule of law, defend the independence of the judiciary, safeguard essential liberties and restore historic freedoms
  • Delivering efficiently in MOJ: ensure the best possible service for citizens by making our department more efficient and more open, with policy driven by evidence

Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice


This is an opportunity to work as a Reward Advisor in the People Group in the Ministry of Justice, the second largest government department. You will be part of actively supporting the Operating Model for Civil Service HR – working effectively with the cross-Government Centres of Expertise for policy (CSEP), learning (CSL) and resourcing (CSR), and ensuring HR within MoJ plays a bigger part in enhancing the impact of HR across Government.

The role will place you in a position to shape and influence the way pay and reward is implemented in the Ministry – this will include advising various stakeholders including HR colleagues, Shared Services providers, senior management and ministers on subject areas;. In addition there will be plenty of opportunities to influence the future pay and reward strategy and the development of a wide range of pay and reward policies.

Role Purpose

To ensure our HR delivery is targeted and focused on meeting the specific needs of the Ministry and our agencies through effective Business Partnering and following the HR project focussed approach and principles. The role will contribute to the progression of the future pay and reward strategy, including: working with analysts on pay modelling; assist with policy review and development, undertaking consultation with key internal and external stakeholders and implementing resultant changes, and contributing to departmental responses

Main Activities / Responsibilities

The job holder will be required to undertake the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Liaise with payroll and other HR delivery partners to resolve casework, ensure effective implementation of policies, commission technical and system requirements and to provide expert responses to complex pay queries.
  • Manage reward policy and casework for core MoJ including researching complex pay cases, engaging with stakeholders and providing advice and direction in respect of complex pay policy cases raised by SSCL, HR Business Partners (HRBPs) and the business.
  • Contribute to PQs, FOIs and other departmental responses.
  • Providing advice to senior stakeholders on interpreting policy and provide strategic advice to senior management on a wide range of key reward areas including base pay, pay on appointment and transfer, allowances, expenses, overtime and mark-time pay.
  • Maintain Reward policies to ensure they are fit for purpose, including arranging publication of changes according to protocols. Also attending Civil Service working groups on these topics.
  • Share responsibility for Reward casework management including monitoring, management escalation, resolution of Reward Inbox queries and process improvement.
  • Manage Reward Team administrative processes and review to ensure they are carried out efficiently
  • Manage online and physical documents according to agreed protocols, and GDPR compliance within the Reward Team including the management and retention period of documents
  • Manage ad hoc and admin responsibilities such as organising team meetings, facilities, agendas, and actions. Facilitate wider meetings and events as needed.
  • Undertaking JEGS and JESPS evaluations of QA’s

(Mandatory / Desirable) Qualifications:

  • JEGS trained (desirable)

(Essential / Desirable) Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of payroll systems (desirable)
  • Knowledge of Civil Service pay remit process (desirable)
  • Experience working with SharePoint and other MS Office programs including data analysis using pivot tables (desirable)

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Generous allowances for paid holiday starting at 25 days per year, and rising as your service increases. There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits,retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Working for the Civil Service

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

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Interview dates expected end of June / early July

17/06/2019, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk Please quote the job reference - 26733.

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why. 

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

  • You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
  • You were studying abroad
  • You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk) in the first instance

This Vacancy is closed to applications.