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We offer: benefits, flexible working hours, training
Responsibilities: collaborating and partnering
Requirements: leading and communicating
£23,647 - £37,806 a year

Ministry of Justice recruits for the position of Administrative Officer (£15,691 - £16,475 a year) in Cardiff. Have you participated in this process? What do you believe people considering working there should pay attention to?


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Prison Officer - HMP CardiffJob offer
We offer: training
£22,396 a year

Prison Officer - HMP Cardiff

HMP Cardiff, Knox Road, Cardiff, CF24 0UG.

Salary: £22,396 (based on 39 hours) with potential to earn more depending on contract hours and overtime. Minimum contract hours for prison officers are 37 hours. The standard working week for a prison officer is based on a 39 hours shift pattern. Working 39 hours is dependent on completing training and opting in to a 39 hour week for the higher salary.

Working in a prison is no ordinary job. But if you have the communications skills, the resilience, and the dedication, it could be a very rewarding career. Day to day, you’ll help to create a safe, secure environment where rehabilitation is supported and encouraged. In return, you’ll receive a secure job and rewarding career, as well as great training, excellent benefits and the chance to change lives for the better. Benefits include:

Level 3 diploma qualification (as part of your 10 week training)

25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata where applicable)

civil service pension

career development and progression opportunities

work-life balance options

childcare voucher scheme

annual season ticket loan

access to a range of other benefits through the Prison Service Sports Association

Retail discounts

Existing Prison Officers are not eligible to apply for this campaign


You will be responsible for supervising and managing prisoners decently, lawfully, safely and securely, ensuring that the routines of the prison operate effectively.

Working closely with colleagues throughout the prison, you will keep the prison safe and secure for all by conducting searches on prisoners, staff and visitors and responding to and effectively managing the day-to-day challenges prisoners can present as ‘first on the scene’ and back up support. While the role of a prison officer is not a desk job, keeping detailed records on centralised systems and completing timely reports are also an essential part of the role.

You will need to follow national and local regulations and policies, and build and maintain strong professional relationships with your colleagues and the people in your care, while supporting prisoners to achieve their rehabilitation goals.

Becoming a prison officer

Essential requirements

You do not need any formal qualifications to become a prison officer but you will be tested against a variety of values and criteria.

Online tests

All candidates are required to pass an online application that includes a maths test and situational judgement test that assesses how you would react in scenarios you may face as an officer.

You can practice for those tests here:

Recruitment Assessment Day (RAD)

If you pass the online tests you will be invited to attend a Recruitment Assessment Day (RAD). You can learn more about the RAD here:

The RAD has three elements that you will need to pass to progress with your application:

Role playyou will be assessed on three 10-minute role play simulations. The role-play simulations will be based on situations you could face as a Prison Officer; however you do not require prior knowledge of the Prison Officer role to be successful.

Watch our video to learn about the role play scenarios

Written test – you will be given some written scenarios to read and answer questions about – your maths and written English will be assessed as part of this; you do not require prior knowledge of the Prison Officer role to be successful.

Fitness test and health screening – You will have an eye test and basic health screening, which includes a blood pressure check to ensure you are well enough to complete the fitness test on the day. Your fitness test will then test your strength and agility in order to assess your ability to complete the physical demands of the job.

is is a MERIT CAMPAIGN for prison officers
. Candidates who are successful in passing the RAD will be allocated to a vacancy in order of merit based on their performance at the RAD. As a result no candidate will be allocated to a vacancy until all candidates have completed the RAD or by the closing date of assessment, whichever is earlier. For the purposes of this campaign, candidates will be required to attend their RAD no later than 8 weeks after the campaign closing date or their application will not be progressed any further.

merit list of successful candidates will remain open for 12 months from the date of the RAD closing, after which you will no longer be considered for a vacancy.

Full security and identity checks will be required prior to taking up post. All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation that does not fit with the prison service values of diversity and inclusion.


On appointment you will be booked onto a ten-week Prison Officer Entry Level Training (POELT) programme, which is usually provided residentially. As part of this course you will gain a Level 3 Diploma in the management and care of individuals in the custodial environment, which will give you a number of transferable skills, including communication, knowledge and understanding of working in custodial care, current legislative and organisational requirements and working practices.

Additionally, you will have a one week of familiarisation session both before and after training in your establishment.

It is a requirement to pass the POELT course, which is designed to equip you to work as a prison officer, but your initial training will continue throughout your first year of service. You will be required to complete all parts of your training in order to complete your 12-month probationary period.

Find out more

You can find out more about the benefits, assessment and training in the attached FAQs, by visiting or by searching for us at Prison jobs on Facebook.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants, you can read more about it here [].

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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The jobholder must be able to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English or (when specified in Wales) Welsh. Contact information If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Please quote the job reference.
Please note the successful applicant will need to undertake a medical before taking up this post.

In the event of a large number of applications, a sift on the lead competency may take place. If this happens, the lead competency will be the first one listed in the advert.

During the application or interview process, you may be asked to undertake an additional assessment. If this is applicable this will be listed in the advert or when you are invited to interview.

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Administrative OfficerJob offer
We offer: benefits, training
Responsibilities: collaborating and partnering, managing a quality service
Requirements: leading and communicating
£17,417 - £21,605 a year
Administrative OfficerJob offer
We offer: benefits, training
Benefits: childcare vouchers
Responsibilities: collaborating and partnering, managing a quality service
Requirements: leading and communicating
£15,691 - £16,475 a year

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