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View our current job vacancies and discover more about the rewards and benefits of working at the UK Hydrographic Office.

The UK 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.

"Our people are at the heart of our organisation and are our most important and valued resource. As an Investors in People employer, we are committed to identifying and nurturing talent to ensure UKHO develops to its fullest potential."

- Amy Carrillo, Head of People



Latest Vacancies

Applications for advertised job vacancies at the UKHO will be considered against the specific criteria listed in the job advert.


Data Scientist - Closing 27 November


Ocean Environment Scientist - Closing 29 November


Partnering and Engagement Officer – Middle East and Africa - Closing 3 December 


International Hydrographic Office Technical Engagement Manager – Closing 4 December


Lead Test Engineer – Closing 6 December


Regional Hydrographic Commission Engagement Manager - Closing 7 December 


Quality Manager - Closing 8 December


Maritime Advisor (sailing directions) – Closing 20 December



Benefits


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.

We offer maternity, adoption and/or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks' full pay, followed by 13 weeks' statutory pay and a further 13 weeks' unpaid leave; plus paternity leave of two weeks' full pay, subject to certain qualifying criteria.


Find out more about the Benefits on offer >
 

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.

UKHO embraces diversity and promotes inclusion and equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident employer, which includes offering a guaranteed interview to candidates with disabilities, providing they meet the minimum selection criteria.

If you are a disabled candidate, please ensure you complete the Equality and Diversity form or inform our HR department, at recruitment@ukho.gov.uk, if you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident guaranteed interview scheme.

Equality and Diversity form 



Apprenticeships


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.

Find out more about the UKHO Apprenticeship Scheme >

 

Internships (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


Unfortunately we are unable to run a work experience programme in 2020. Please check back to find out more about work experience opportunities in 2021.


Civil Service Recruitment

Selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's Recruitment Principles

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, please contact Human Resources, UK Hydrographic Office, Admiralty Way, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2DN. 

The Civil Service Code forms part of the terms and conditions of every civil servant. More detailed information can be found at on the Civil Service Commission website. 


Nationality Statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.


If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance, please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK. 


We are always looking for talented and skilled individuals to join the UK 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?


Since 2016, we have offered the chance to gain an industry-recognised qualification while gaining practical on-the-job experience at the same time. Over the years, our award-winning programme has expanded and today we offer a variety of roles across the business at advanced and higher levels. 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.

Please check our current vacancies for apprenticeship opportunities at the UKHO.



 

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.

We  offer maternity, adoption and/or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks' full pay, followed by 13 weeks' statutory pay and a further 13 weeks' unpaid leave; plus paternity leave of up to two weeks' full pay, subject to certain qualifying criteria. 

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 Success Profile Framework sets out how we want people in the Civil Service to work.

Find out more about Civil Service Success Profiles > 


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.