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Become a Business Administrator

Overview of the business admin role

Someone like you

As a Business Admin at the Ministry of Justice, you’ll play a vital role in keeping our prisons running. From organising, producing, and maintaining accurate records, to acting as a point of communication for their teams, our Business Admins get involved in an incredible variety of work.

These are entry level roles like no other. Here, variety, progression, and purpose are everywhere. And with routes into countless roles within MoJ and the Civil Service, no matter where you join us, the sky’s the limit.

If you’ve got the ambition to grow and develop, and the patience and attention to detail to thrive in a team-centric environment, we want to hear from you.

Our roles are hands-on. Some are based in prisons, some in offices, but all require you to handle sensitive information. That’s why you’ll need to be based on site 5 days a week. In return, you’ll get a comprehensive benefits package that includes a competitive salary, 25 days of annual leave plus bank holidays, and fantastic growth and development opportunities.

Business admin – an extraordinary job. Done by someone like you.

  • No qualifications needed
  • Starting salary of £25K for a 37 hour week
  • Skills you need: basic numeracy and good IT skills
  • Must have good communication skills and initiative
  • Part-time working available in some locations
  • Great on-the-job training and progression opportunities

Pay and benefits

As a business administrator you’ll get an annual salary of between £25,752 – £27,116 (National) / £28,636 – £30,151 (Outer London) / £30,137 – £31,732 (Inner London)  for a 37 hour week. This is in addition to the great range of Civil Service benefits you’ll get as part of the Prison Service, including annual leave, pension and flexible working. Find out more about the benefits of working for HM Prison and Probation Service

Annual leave

The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non-standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.

Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays

You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment


The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Work life balance

HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ

Season ticket advance

After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work

Childcare vouchers

For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.