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First time prison officer recruitment scheme

Get your career off to a great start and gain a wealth of experience by joining one of our busier prisons.

About the first time prison officer recruitment scheme

Choose up to 3 prisons you’d like to work at and you’ll be allocated to the one that has the most need for prison officers at the time. 

Wherever possible, we aim to find you a role at one of your selected choices.

What you need to know

If you choose not to accept a position at the prison you’re offered, you will not be offered another choice and your application will end.

You will not be able to transfer to another prison until you have been in post for at least 23 months.

After you’ve been in post for 23 months

You can:

  • ask to stay at your current prison and potentially qualify for a permanent relocation package
  • transfer to a prison closer to your permanent home (within 60 to 75 minutes travelling time)
  • transfer to another prison – this will depend on whether there are vacancies at that prison, and you may have to compete with other officers who also wish to transfer

If you transfer to another prison after your first 2 years, your pay will change to match the salary paid at that prison.

Benefits of the scheme

As well as the great benefits you get from being a part of HMPPS, you’ll get:

  • an additional £1,500 each year on top of your salary, for 2 years
  • an opportunity to earn more through our ‘Payment Plus’ scheme (an additional payment for any hours you volunteer to work over your contractual hours)
  • your accommodation costs (up to £659 per month in London or up to £589 elsewhere) paid for up to 23 months
  • the cost of a monthly trip home repaid
  • comprehensive paid training and career progression opportunities

Search for a role near you

We don’t currently have vacancies under the First time prison officer recruitment scheme, but you can still apply for a vacancy near where you live.

Search for prison officer vacancies near you.