Prison Officer

22293.00 GBP Annual
20 Oct 2019
25 Oct 2019
Job Type
Contract Type

Prison Officer - HMP Hewell

HMP Hewell, Hewell Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 6QS

Starting salary: GBP23,529 (for a 39 hour week inc 17% unsocial)

City/Town: Redditch

Region: West Midlands

Vacancy type: Merit

One career, many roles

Role model, negotiator, referee, educator, influencer, life changer - as a prison officer, no two days are the same.

You will work with people from all kinds of backgrounds to create a safe and secure prison environment. You will support adult offenders with rehabilitation while protecting the public too.

You will play a leading role in offenders' lives, meeting regularly with a small caseload of 5-6 offenders. You will manage their development, from learning new skills to participation in education programmes, so there is a better chance they won't reoffend on release.

You will also have the opportunity to grow your career, specialising in different areas such as negotiation, supporting prisoners at risk and resolving incidents.

It can be a tough job, but in return you will receive great pay, training, benefits and have the support of a strong team.

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 stage 1 of the online tests, to see if you have the basic judgement and numerical skills expected of a prison officer.

If you are successful, we will invite you to stage 2 of the online tests, to see if you have the right natural strengths and preferences to become a prison officer.

The Assessment & Recruitment Centre (ARC)

If you pass the online test, we will invite you to the Assessment & Recruitment Centre (ARC). We test to see if you have the abilities, behaviours, strengths and fitness to be a prison officer.

We also carry out an eyesight test, hearing test and basic health screening, including blood pressure check.

We will tell you what to expect and bring before the day.

Assessments are expected to take place from mid-November onwards

Existing prison officers are not eligible to apply for this campaign

Find out about the application process >> -

Job details


To be a prison officer you must:

Be at least 18 years old

Have the right to work in the UK

Be reasonably fit and have good eyesight

Be able to speak with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh

If you are not a UK or EU citizen, that you have approx. 30 months or more leave to remain in the UK entitlement at the point of application.

Essential skills

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 = GBP22,293 a year

39 hours a week = GBP23,529 a year

41 hours a week = GBP24,765 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 of annual holiday (rising to 30 days after 10 years' service)

Paid time off for public holidays and 1 extra privilege day

Civil Service pension of up to 20% of your salary

Childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, travel loans and other benefits

Training and career progression

Initial 12 week Prison Officer Entry Level Training (POELT) on full pay and expenses, with a NVQ Level 3 Diploma when you finish. The 12 weeks is divided between 1 week induction at prison, 10 weeks training, and a final 1 week induction at your prison.

On-going training and development for specialist skills such as working with vulnerable offenders or negotiation

Opportunity to progress to an advanced prison officer role

Job offers: 'merit' vacancy

This is a 'merit' job vacancy. If you are successful at the Assessment & Recruitment Centre (ARC), 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 those 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 assessment day will be valid for 12 months if you want to apply for vacancies at other prisons.

For the purposes of this campaign, candidates will be required to attend their ARC no later than 8 weeks after the campaign closing date or their application will not be progressed any further.

The jobholder must be able to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh.

Allowance Details

Please refer to additional job description attachment

Additional Information