202210: Prison Officer - HMP Huntercombe
Prison officer - HMP Huntercombe
HMP Huntercombe, Nuffield, Henley-on-Thames RG9 5SB
Starting salary: £32,702 (for a 39-hour week inc 20% unsocial)
Region: South East
Vacancy type: Merit
One career, many roles
As a prison officer, you’ll be part of a diverse team, making an impact, doing meaningful work in our prisons.
Working in a prison is fast-paced and varied, and no two days are the same. You’ll work with a range of people and perform a variety of tasks – from keeping the prison safe and secure, to helping vulnerable people through a difficult time in their lives. Once you’ve qualified, you’ll have a range of opportunities to specialise and progress your career and earning potential.
It can be a challenging job, but in return you will get good pay, training, benefits and have the support of a strong team.
During the recruitment process you will be assessed on the behaviours, strengths and abilities you need to become an effective prison officer. These include:
- communicating and influencing
- managing a quality service
- making effective decisions and caring
Your natural strengths are assessed to find out what motivates and energises you. We will also assess your numerical, written English and spoken English abilities.
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 invited to complete the online tests, to see if you have the basic judgement and numerical skills expected of a prison officer.
Due to the number of positions currently available, this vacancy is only open for a short period of time and only individuals who perform highest at the online tests will be invited to our online assessment centre.
The online assessment centre
If you pass the online tests, we will invite you to an online assessment centre.
We test to see if you have the abilities, behaviours and strengths to be a prison officer.
Once you’ve successfully completed the online assessment centre and we’ve offered you a role, we will invite you to complete a medical and fitness test. This will cover an eyesight test, hearing test and basic health screening, including a blood pressure check.
To become a prison officer, you will need to:
- be at least 18 years old
- have the right to work in the UK
- be reasonably fit and able to pass our fitness test
- have good eyesight in both eyes (both with and without corrective lenses)
For safety reasons, everyone training to be a prison officer needs a suitable standard of hearing (without the use of hearing aids).
To work in a high security prison (category A) you must have been a resident in the UK for the last three years.
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
- UK nationals
- nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
- nationals of the Republic of Ireland
- nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
- relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
- relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
- certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Please note we are unable to sponsor any individuals via the Skilled Worker Sponsorship / Tier 2 (General) work visa.
Successful applicants must ensure they have and maintain the legal right to live and work in the Civil Service and in the United Kingdom.
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 = £30,880 a year
- 39 hours a week = £32,702 a year
- 41 hours a week = £34,523 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’ annual holiday (rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service)
- paid time off for public holidays and one extra privilege day
- Civil Service pension of up to 20% of your salary
- cycle to work scheme, travel loans and other benefits
Training and career progression
You will start your prison officer career by completing a paid Custody and Detention Professional Apprenticeship. Taking 12 to 18 months to complete, this professional qualification will give you the specialist skills you need to become expert at your job.
You will learn and practise all the key skills and behaviours that are vital to the prison officer role, including:
- how to look after people in custody
- search and security procedures
- de-escalation techniques.
Job offers: merit vacancy
This is a merit job vacancy. If you are successful at the online assessment centre, you will be added to a merit list based on your score.
When all applicants have completed the assessment centre, the prison will make job offers to individuals with the highest scores first when positions become available.
You can stay on the merit list for 12 months. After this, you’ll need to apply again.
Your successful pass from the online assessment centre will be valid for 12 months if you want to apply for vacancies at other prisons.
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. If you feel the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles, you can raise a formal complaint in the following order:
- Shared Services Connected Ltd: call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or email Mojfirstname.lastname@example.org
- Ministry of Justice Resourcing
- The Civil Service Commission.
We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging.
As a Disability Confident employer, the Ministry of Justice is committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. We can offer reasonable adjustments to help with the online tests and online assessment centre.
If you require any assistance, please call 0345 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or email MoJemail@example.com.
If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or e-mail MoJfirstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote the job reference 65813.
Closing date 20th February 2023.
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