Veterans - Home Office Careers


The Home Office is a fantastic place to work. We are a large organisation dealing with some of the most complex and challenging issues facing the UK and that impact the lives of our citizens every day. This means we need people with a wide range of skills, capabilities and experience. 

We value highly the skills and experience that veterans can bring. There is a thriving Armed Forces community across the department made up of veterans, reservists and those who have a familial or other link to the Armed Forces. 

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The department can offer a huge array of roles at all levels. Everything from operational delivery in a fast-paced and challenging environment to strategy and policy development and everything in between.  We have large change programmes and offer interesting roles in the data and digital sphere. There are also roles in HR, Finance and wider business support activity. All of these roles have a place for people with the skills and experience that veterans can bring. 

You can read stories, below, from fellow veterans who now work in the Home Office. 

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How the Civil Service is committed to helping veterans  

We offer several initiatives to encourage veterans and service leavers to join the Home Office.  As part of the Civil Service, we are signed up to the Great Place to Work for Veterans scheme.  This means that if you apply for a job with us and you meet the minimum requirement in the initial recruitment process you will progress to the next stage (usually an interview) regardless of how many people passed ahead of you. 

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To be eligible for this scheme, you must: 

  • have served for at least one year in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces (as a Regular or Reserve); this includes time spent training 
  • be in transition from, or ceased to be a member of, HM Armed Forces 
  • not already be a Civil Servant, or be employed by a Civil Service Commission accredited public body 

There is no maximum time limit from when you left HM Armed Forces to be eligible for this initiative. 

Reserve Forces 

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The Government and the Home Office is committed to being an exemplar employer of reservist employees. In line with this, the Department promotes this aim by: 

  • providing 15 days paid special leave per year for training 
  • dealing positively with requests for other types of leave to undertake additional reservist activities 
  • offering support to employees before, during and after mobilisation, in consideration of individual circumstances 
  • recognising the transferable skills and benefits to both the Department and society 

Border Force has a Reservist and Deputy Reservist Champions network, as does the wider Home Office, to support our Armed Forces Reservists.  

Opportunities to learn more 

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Please look at the roles we currently have available and consider how your unique experiences of life in the military could equip you to take up a new career in the Civil Service.  

We work with the Career Transition Partnership who run career events across the country which we often support with online sessions that allow you to find out more about our work and meet some of our team. We often advertise our roles on their platform. 

We also ran a 2-day Border Force and Immigration Enforcement familiarisation event at the end of June 2023. This allowed us to take 16 service leavers from a variety of backgrounds and seniority around both our maritime and airport environment showcasing the breadth of our work the Home Office.  We plan to run more of these, so keep an eye on the CTP website and these pages for more information on this.