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Why join our team?


People are at the heart of our organisation. At the UKHO, we aim to attract, retain and nurture experts across many careers, from hydrography and data science to software development.

Each team member helps to support safe, secure and thriving oceans. We strive to create a culture and working environment that encourages our staff to achieve their best.

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Disability Confident scheme

At the UKHO, we embrace diversity and promote 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 and wish to be considered under the Disability Confident guaranteed interview scheme, you will be able to indicate this as part of the application process.

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 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. 

Working at the UKHO


As a UKHO employee, you'll benefit from flexible working, regular development opportunities, and much more. Our award-winning office in Taunton, Somerset also provides an open and dynamic workplace for our people.

How to apply


Find out how to apply for roles at the UKHO and how we assess applicants using the Civil Service Success Profile Framework. 

Life at UKHO


Each team member plays a crucial role in what we do, so we strive to create a working environment in which they can thrive.  Find out more about our community, working culture and some of the benefits we offer as an employer.