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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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​​​The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) 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 at our office in Taunton, Somerset, 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.

Please note that as part of the Interview process, candidates will be required to complete the Guaranteed Interview Scheme Declaration form and Equality and Diversity form.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme Declaration form 

Equality and Diversity form 


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The UKHO apprenticeship scheme can help you to develop  skills under the mentorship of internal experts while furthering your education and gaining a formal qualification at the same time.


Apprenticeships 2018 - Closing 30 May 2018                               


Find out more about the UKHO Apprenticeship Scheme >


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.


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.


What roles does the UKHO offer?

We have been running apprenticeships since January 2016 and have been working hard to develop our offering. Apprenticeships are really valuable to UKHO as a business; we can be part of improving the changes for local people and attracting more talented people to the area.

The apprenticeship scheme will run again in early Spring 2018, so please check back then if you are interested. ​


Our staff are based ​in the South West of England at our headquarters Taunton, Somerset. Our experts work across a range of diverse roles, including specialist scientific branches, defence, data analysis, technology, finance, HR, customer services, marketing 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.

Benefits and rewards for Test Engineers

We also offer a lot of benefits and rewards to Test Engineers, where all teams use the latest .Net and Java technologies and deliver with an agile approach.

Find out more information about the benefits and rewards of being a Test Engineer at UKHO

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

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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.