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Current Defra vacancies

All Defra vacancies are advertised via the Civil Service Jobs website.

Vacancies from Defra arm’s length bodies

Vacancy information is advertised on the following bodies’ websites:

Current public appointments

Defra is responsible for a number of Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs). The Chairman and members of these bodies are appointed in line with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

All public appointments are advertised on the Cabinet Office Website.

Interchange opportunities

Defra’s Interchange programme promotes the movement of staff and exchange of good practice between the Civil Service and other public, private and voluntary organisations.

Salary and benefits

The related annual salary or other remuneration will be stated in the relevant vacancy details. On appointment successful applicants will be able to join a partnership pension account, a stakeholder pension with an employer contribution based on your age. You do not have to contribute but if you do your employer will also match your contributions up to 3% of pensionable pay.

You do not have to join the Civil Service Pension arrangements, you may opt out and be covered instead by a personal pension or the State Second Pension (S2P). In addition to any specific benefits that will be stated in relevant vacancies, other benefits include 10½ days public holidays, flexible working patterns, subsidised canteens in some locations and sports facilities.

Commitment to equality

The Department, including its Executive Agencies, is an equal opportunities employer. We have a policy of equality of opportunity for all staff. Applications are welcome regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or age. The Department operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for people with disabilities (as defined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) who meet the minimum criteria for appointment.

Read more about diversity in Defra.

Nationality requirements, etc

The vacancies listed above are open to:

  • EC nationals
  • Members of the Commonwealth, European Area (EEA) and certain non-EEA family members.

Candidates from the Commonwealth must be free from any restrictions to reside and take up employment in the UK.

As part of the selection process for a Defra vacancy, you will be asked to provide, in confidence, evidence of entitlement to work in the UK and references for your character and health. We will take up these references as appropriate, depending on the progress of your application.

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Page last modified: 27 March 2013