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View our current job vacancies and discover more about the rewards and benefits of working at the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO).



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​​​We offer a range of challenging and interesting roles, and our staff are empowered to develop their skills and contribute to the organisation’s goals. We are always looking for talented and skilled individuals to join us, particularly if you have the experience or specialist skills to complement our existing team.

Permanent and Fixed Term Vacancies

Applications for advertised job vacancies at the UKHO will be considered against the defined Essential Knowledge and Skills outlined in the job description. Applicants are encouraged to provide details of their aptitude with reference to the specific knowledge and skills described, along with experience of the role aspects outlined in the Fundamental Tasks section of the job description. Please note that applicants directed from the Civil Service Jobs Portal will be considered for vacancies before any external applications.


Vacancies are shown below

Interns (Work placements)

Our internships are short-term, structured and supervised placements to provide practical experience. They may form part of a degree or college course, or simply be an opportunity to broaden skills and knowledge. The UKHO offers 12-week and 12-month placements. Please keep an eye on this website for opportunities to apply for in 2017.



Work Experience

Our work experience opportunities run for one week in either May or July (dates to be confirmed, subject to local schools).  Applications for work experience are now closed.

We are always looking for talented and skilled individuals to join the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to complement our existing team. Our apprenticeship scheme can help you to develop these skills under the mentorship of internal experts while furthering your education and gaining a formal qualification at the same time.

Click here to download the full list of apprenticeships available 

Click here to apply for the available apprenticeships


What roles does the UKHO offer?​

Since January 2016, we have offered a range of apprenticeship roles offering a combination of on-the-job training and structured learning offsite. Apprentices will gain experience of working within a real business environment, while developing specialist skills and knowledge.

There are a range of apprenticeship roles available at the UKHO, with positions available in many departments across the business. Below, we've outlined each of these roles and what to expect.



Work across a range of roles within IT and telecommunications, developing practical knowledge and skills across software, web and telecoms. In this role you will work towards a Level 4 IT qualification.

Data Analysis

Gain experience in using a range of bespoke databases and geospatial management tools, and be responsible for handling hydrographic and marine geospatial data. You will be working towards a Level 4 Data Analyst qualification.

Marketing Communications

Work within a team responsible for developing the world-leading ADMIRALTY brand, developing content, publishing on social media, updating websites and managing projects. In this role you will work towards a Level 5 Digital Marketing qualification.

Business Administration

Work across a number of departments including Customer Services, Procurement and the Customer Division and develop skills fundamental to any business environment while completing a Level 3 Business qualification.

Human Resources

Gain experience of working across all areas of HR, supporting the team throughout the entire employee lifecycle - from recruitment to leavers. In this role you will work towards a Level 5 HR qualification.


Support our Finance department, completing a wide range of tasks from processing financial transactions, to providing reports and analysis. Complete a Level 2 Finance qualification, with the option to progress to Level 3.

Cyber Security

Work as a technologist, providing risk analysis and delivering solutions to protect the organisation. Develop and understanding of cyber threats and information security, while working towards a Level 4 Cyber Security qualification.

We are committed to apprenticeships and the benefits they bring to both the UKHO and apprentices themselves. For more information on each position, view our apprenticeships pack.

Our staff are based at our headquarters in Taunton, Somerset, working in a number of roles, including specialist scientific branches, defence, management, accounting, survey processing, mapping and charting, project management, sales and marketing, HR, PR, printing and logistics. Some of our specialist areas have become internationally recognised Centres of Excellence.

As a trading fund of the Ministry of Defence, our employees benefit from Civil Service status but also enjoy the challenge and stimulation of a commercial environment.


What's in it for you?

We offer a range of benefits to support your lifestyle including generous leave allowance, flexible working hours, a lift-share scheme and regular training and development opportunities. Working for UKHO, you could enjoy the following range of benefits:

  •  26 ½ annual leave days per year, increasing after five years' service (pro-rata for part-time employees)

  • Nine paid bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time employees)

Plus a range of flexible working options including:

  • Flexible working hours scheme, including up to two days per month flexi leave

  • Part-time working

  • Job sharing

  • Paid special leave (e.g. volunteering, Reserve Forces)

  • Career breaks

  • Unpaid leave

We want you to feel part of something bigger and we encourage team-spirit and a community feel in our work-place.

Find out more information about the benefits and rewards of working at the UKHO 

We believe our people are the key to our success and we want to help you reach your full potential. When you start your career with us, you will work with your line manager to create your own personal development plan.

The Civil Service Competency Framework sets out how we want people in the Civil Service to work.

Download the Civil Service Competency Framework 2017 - 2017 

It puts the Civil Service values of honesty, integrity, impartiality and objectivity at the heart of everything we do and it aligns to the three high level leadership behaviours that every civil servant needs to model: Set direction; Engage people and Deliver results.

Civil servants work in a huge range of jobs across the country and overseas but one thing we have in common is that we are here to support the elected government, providing advice to help shape its policies and ensuring seamless and practical implementation in line with those policies.